On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM, Christian Tismer firstname.lastname@example.org:
Would ropes be an answer (and a simple way to cope with string mutation patterns) as an alternative implementation, and therefore still justify the usage of that pattern?
I don't think so. Ropes are really useful when you work with gigabytes of data, but unfortunately they don't make good general-purpose strings. Monolithic arrays are much more efficient and simple for the typical use-cases we have in Python.