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Stack and Heap memory in Java

As I understand , in Java, Stack memory holds primitives and method invocations and heap memory is used to store objects . Suppose I have a class class A { int a ; String b; ...
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Is there a need for garbage collection in a stack-based language?

What is the need for garbage collection (GC) in a stack-based language? In a language like Forth or RPL (on HP calculators), is there a need for garbage collection? I would think, since output is ...
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Which are the alternatives to using a stack to represent function call semantics?

We all know and love that function calls are usually implemented using the stack; there are frames, return addresses, parameters, the whole lot. However, the stack is an implementation detail: ...
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Status of stack based languages

I have recently become curious about Factor, which, as far as I understand, is the most practical stack-based language around. Forth seems not to be used much these days - I think it is because it was ...
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What problems are stack oriented languages well-suited and ill-suited for?

Stack-oriented programming is a pretty non-widely used paradigm (well, PostScript gets used under the hood a bit here and there). This in mind, what problems are stack-oriented languages good at? What ...
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Coding style for chained function calls

A common thing you need to do is to take a value, do something with it by passing it to a function, and then do some more with the return value, in a chain. Whenever I run into this type of scenario, ...