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Bugs and Bragging Rights

By George V. Neville-Neil

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57 No. 2, Pages 36-37
10.1145/2556939

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I have been dealing with a large program written in Java that seems to spend most of its time asking me to restart it because it has run out of memory. I am not sure if this is an issue in the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) I am using or in the program itself, but during these frequent restarts, I keep wondering why this program is so incredibly bloated. I would have thought Java's garbage collector would prevent programs from running out of memory, especially when my desktop has quite a lot of it. It seems that eight gigabytes just is not enough to handle a modern IDE anymore.

Lack of RAM

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Dear Lack

Eight gigabytes?! Is that all you have? Are you writing me from the desert wasteland where PCs go to die? No one in his or her right mind runs a machine with less than 48GB in our modern era, at least no one who wants to run certain, very special, pieces of Java code.

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