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Re: [vox-tech] malloc() is ... old school?
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Re: [vox-tech] malloc() is ... old school?

Stirring up some dust... my 1978 K&R mentions alloc() and
calloc() but not malloc().  Then I have this 1985 "Advanced
UNIX - A Programmer's Guide" which does talk about malloc().

In 2003, I think malloc() is pretty safe.  :-)

-- Rod

On Wednesday 19 March 2003 06:08 pm, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> i've heard this from two people now.
> some students are being taught they should stay clear of malloc() and
> instead use calloc() because calloc() is the "old school" way of getting
> memory dynamically.  they're taught that malloc() may not be present in
> all implementations of the C library.  again, because calloc() is "old
> school".  presumably, malloc() is ... new fangled.   ;)
> actually, both people used the words "old school", so i'm assuming
> that's some kind of quote by the professor.
> just for my own self-edification, does anyone know anything about this
> "old school" and "new school" business?  i've never heard of it before.
> pete

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