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Subject: Re: [boost] [string] proposal
From: Patrick Horgan (phorgan1_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-01 02:05:53

On 01/29/2011 03:39 PM, Dean Michael Berris wrote:
> ... elision by patrick of his own stuff! oh my! ...
> Nope.
> chain thesentence = "I like bananas. Yes I do.";
> thesentence =
> substr(thesentence, 0, 15)
> ^ " all the time"
> ^ substr(thesentence, length(thesentence) - 10, 10);
>> To create a sentence, "I like bananas all the time. Yes I do."
>> Originally the tree would have one element demarcating the beginning and end
>> of the original string. After the addition, you could have a tree with
>> three elements two pointing into the original string, "I like bananas" and
>> ". Yes I do." and a middle one pointing at the beginning and end of " all
>> the time". To insert that something had to change. A list or chain of 1
>> element became a list or chain of 3 elements. Whatever changed has to be
>> thread safe. Of course you say leafs are immutable, so the original leaf
>> that pointed at the beginning and end of the original string would still
>> exist, but now be unused, right? Am I understanding this correctly?
> I think you're still thinking of string manipulation when you should
> have been thinking about string building. ;)
> So since because the original chain is still referenced in the new
> chain the data in the block from the original chain will still
> reference that same block -- you just have concatenation nodes that
> point to different segments of the same block that is re-used. Then
> you can actually write the contents for the temporary chain built from
> " all the time" into that same block (maybe after the original
> sentence), and then you still just fit everything into as little
> memory as you possibly require and get the immutability guarantee.
> It's still thread-safe because you're not modifying anything that's
> already built because you're building something new. ;)
> At the end of the assignment though, the original structure for the
> original string is actually freed -- that means the concatenation tree
> that used to be a single node, will have a reference count that drops
> to 0 and is actually returned to the allocator used to allocate the
> node in the first place. Note that chain is designed to act like a
> shared_ptr in this regard.
> PS. I really should just drop this, but the question was really interesting.
lol! That's exactly in every detail what I thought you meant but you
never clearly stated it. They're like Python strings. Now I've tricked
you into doing a concrete description of what you mean:) lol! So no
data structure will ever change once created, only one thread will
create it, and all other references are read only. So the only thing to
worry about are reference counts to string data which will need some
form of concurrency control associated with them?


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