Avoiding Dynamic Memory Problems: A New Solution for Developers

One of the most important features of modern computing languages is the ability to dynamically allocate memory blocks. This freedom allows algorithms to be created in much more flexible ways than is possible with static memory allocation. However, this freedom comes with a price. A program does not always use dynamic memory in the manner intended by the developer. As a result, memory leaks, bottlenecks and other problems arise unexpectedly. Traditionally, the only way to counter such problems has been to add a lot of extra code to your application to print out information about the memory blocks that get allocated and freed. Unfortunately, this process is at best tedious and at worst not very informative. This paper will describe the types of dynamic memory problems which developers and end-users frequently encounter. A new tool will be also be described which helps developers solve memory problems quickly and intuitively.

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