[Python-Dev] String views (was: Re: Proof of the pudding: str.partition())

skip@pobox.com skip at pobox.com
Thu Sep 1 04:21:12 CEST 2005

    Tim> One of the big disadvantages of string views is that they need to
    Tim> keep the original object around, no matter how big it is. But in
    Tim> the case of partition, much of the time the original string
    Tim> survives for at least a similar period to the partitions.

Not necessarily.  Presumably a string view would reference another string
object's data buffer.  A possible optimization would be to convert from a
view to a normal string once the original strings' refcount dropped to one,
particularly if the view's size was substantially smaller than that of the
original string.


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