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Re: shared-text substrings Dan Bornstein (07 Feb 2000 19:59 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Mike Wilson (08 Feb 2000 17:34 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Shriram Krishnamurthi (08 Feb 2000 17:46 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Per Bothner (08 Feb 2000 18:06 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Shriram Krishnamurthi (08 Feb 2000 18:16 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Per Bothner (08 Feb 2000 19:11 UTC)
Re: shared-text substrings Shriram Krishnamurthi (08 Feb 2000 20:40 UTC)

Re: shared-text substrings Dan Bornstein 07 Feb 2000 19:59 UTC

Michael Sperber:
>I just doubt it's worth the tradeoff.  Is there hard data that the
>optimizations you envision actually give significant performance
>gains?  I've always found non-shared strings plenty fast.

I know it's not hard scientific evidence, but at the company I currently
work for, we have a Scheme-based engine generating web pages, which uses
string-append in a fairly naive but straightforward way. It was way too
slow, and that slowness was largely accounted for by time taken up in
string-append. I implemented string-append/shared, switched code to use it
instead of normal string-append, and got something like a 100x speed
improvement, just from that change. Note that the obvious way to have made
the code in question use strings in a less naive way would have basically
been to implement the equivalent of string-append/shared, but at a higher
level.

-dan