Maurizio.Vitale at esat.kuleuven.ac.be
Mon May 26 02:59:24 PDT 1997
tullmann at facility.cs.utah.edu writes:
> I've been browsing the Kaffe sources and I have a simple question for
> anyone: Why is the class of an object stored in its dispatch table?
> And, not, as I would expect, in the object itself?
> (Look at kaffe/kaffevm/classMethod.h and include/java_lang_Object.h)
> Just curious,
Don't know anything in particular about Kaffe internals, but I would
guess it's done for saving memory: every object needs a pointer
to the dispatch table anyhow and the same dispatch table can be shared
by all objects belonging to a class. This makes a nice place where to
store the class information, as for K instance of an object you save
There might be other more Java specific reasons, but this should be
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