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RE: String interning (WAS: SAX2/Java: Towards a final form)

  • From: Miles Sabin <msabin@c...>
  • To: xml-dev-digest@i...
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 11:02:40 -0000

java string date if statement
Tyler Baker wrote,
> For most documents, making a call to String.intern()
> 50-100 times in a 100KB document is a lot less expensive than 
> doing:
> if (x.equals("foo") {
> }
> else if (x.equals("bar") {
> }
> etc...
> As opposed to:
> if (x == "foo") {
> }
> else if (x == "bar) {
> etc.
> Calling the equals method can get expensive for large case > > statements.

Sure ... so Don't Do That (tm) ...

If you've got what's effectively a huge case statement then
use a lookup table ... a HashMap or a trie of some sort or
another. Either of those will outperform a large number of
chained String.equals() calls or == tests.



Miles Sabin                       Cromwell Media
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