Programming tips


This section was created to guide users on how to use some of the new features going into the Xalan source code base. Some of the features discussed in this section are based on feedback and questions posted on the xalan-c-users newsgroup. This section will cover the benefits of certain features and provide users with programming hints on how to utilize the features in their applications.

Pluggable Memory Management

Pluggable memory management was added as a new feature in Xalan-C++ Version 1.8. This feature introduces an object called MemoryManager which allows applications with stricter memory management requirements to utilize a more efficient allocation method. This MemoryManager object can be applied to each processor instance, thus recovery procedures from memory leaks or processor crashes will be applied to the associated instance only.

The memory management model is similar to the memory management feature provided by the Xerces-C++ XML Parser.

How To Use This Feature

To apply memory management to your application, the MemoryManager object needs to be specified in two stages:

// Initialization step
static void XalanTransformer::initialize(MemoryManager* initMemoryManager=0);
// Create instance of XalanTransformer
MemoryManager      memMgrA;                // memory manager object
XalanTransformer   transformerA(&memMgrA);

MemoryManager      memMgrB;
XalanTransformer   transformerB(&memMgrB);
XalanTransformer   transformerC(&memMgrB);  // Uses same memory manager object as transformerB
XalanTransformer   transformerD;           // Uses default static memory manager

The above method demonstrates how users can apply the basic pluggable memory management feature. Users also have the option of implementing their own memory manager. This can be done by simply writing methods for:

// Method for allocating memory
void* allocate(size_t size);


// Method for deallocating memory
void deallocate(void *p);

For an example of how to use this feature, please see the SimpleTransform sample that has been provided in the binary distributions.

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