I came accross this
and found it to be interesting. Here’s it’s summary:
The C programming language defines two standard memory management
functions: malloc() and free(). C programmers frequently use those
functions to allocate buffers at run time to pass data between
functions. In many situations, however, you cannot predetermine the
actual sizes required for the buffers, which may cause several
fundamental problems for constructing complex C programs. In this
article, Xiaoming Zhang advocates a self-managing, abstract data buffer.
He outlines a pseudo-C implementation of the abstract buffer and details
the advantages of adopting this mechanism.
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The idea was nice but the execution was quite horrible.
Really a C program using that approach would be slower sometimes a lot
so compared to an eqvivalent C++ program using std::vector so really it
needs quite some work.
it’s not really complete in it’s design. you’d have to extend it’s
functionality somewhat to make it useful…