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dev:hstring [2016/02/25 13:33] (current)
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 +====== HString ======
 +**deep** was developed with efficiency and speed in mind. String handling in Java is not very efficient. However, strings are widely used in a compiler. Therefore, we don't use regular Java strings (''​java.lang.String''​) but implement an more efficient version (''​ch.ntb.inf.deep.strings.HString''​). This version should be used throughout the compiler whenever speed is important. //String// and //HString// differ in many aspects:
 +  * A HString must be registered before it can be used. A table contains all the registered HStrings.
 +  * A registered HString exists exactly once. If two HStrings like "Hello World" are created and registered both references point to the same HString-object!
 +  * Two registered HStrings can be compared by comparing there references.
 +  * Be careful: two HStrings can only be compared if they were registered before.
 +  * The central HString-table is created once. If a project is recompiled already registered HStrings remain in the table.
 +===== Implementation =====
 +[{{ .:​hstrings_uml.png?​400 |Class diagramm for HStrings}}]
 +Most strings contain characters which fit into 8 bit. If not 16 bits have to be used. This consumes more memory.
 +===== Correct Use =====
 +HStrings must be registered before they can be used. This is done with 
 +<code java>
 +  HString.getRegisteredHString("​..."​) ​
 +If a second HString with the same characters is created and registered both references point to the same HString. The comparison of two HStrings is way more efficient than with ''​String.equals()''​.
 +**An example:**
 +<code java>
 +HString firstString = HString.getRegisteredHString("​HelloWorld"​);​
 +HString secondString = HString.getRegisteredHString("​test"​);​
 +if(firstString == secondString) {
 +  // ...
 +It's possible to compare to non-registered HStrings as well as comparing a registered with a non-registered HString. For this the class HString contains the method //equals//.
 +<code java>
 +HString firstString = HString.getRegisteredHString("​one"​);​
 +HString secondString = HString.getHString("​one"​);​
 +  firstString == secondString // evalutes to false
 +  firstString.equals(secondString) // evalutes to true
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