Utility Libraries for BREW - A String Class
BrewString library is extremely competitive in size. What about efficiency?We conducted some tests with 2 compilers and 2 STL implementations (I1 — uses small string optimization, I2 — basic STL model), to see how the differences between the ports affect the results. I1 had the optimization inhibited to make comparisons viable.
- operator+ - see above
- Assignment operator: is largely the same in all the cases
- Copy constructor: BrewString is 20% faster than I1; BrewString is 3 times faster than I2
- Substring: BrewString equals. I1; BrewString is 1.5 times faster than I2;
- partialString : BrewString is 70 times faster than I1; BrewString is 5 times faster than I1 (small string optimization activated)
- find_first_of : BrewString is 1.5 times faster than I1; BrewString is 2 times faster than I2
BrewString proves to have above average results for the minimum possible size, offering a good alternative to STL.
Epilogue -Deferred Improvements
template <typename T = char >class BrewString ;
The <typename T = AECHAR> policy is missing. Addditional optimizations are also possible. If there is interest in further developing and using this library (including using AEChar) please contact the author.
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About the Author
Radu Braniste is Director of Technology at Epicad. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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