SAX2: Namespace proposal

Miles Sabin msabin at
Tue Dec 21 12:02:52 GMT 1999

Joe Lapp wrote,
> Using Java String interning, how do you guys guarantee 
> performance in any of the DOM Element get*() methods that take 
> Strings?  Do you require that the app intern the string before 
> passing it in?  Do you try to make the methods smart so that 
> if they're interned, you get performance, and if they aren't, 
> you get a bit more of a penalty (for having done the intern 
> check first)?  Do you make them dumb so that if you forgot to 
> intern, you don't get anything?  Or would one always intern 
> these externally provided Strings within the method?

This is one of the big problems with intern'ing IMO. The cost
of intern'ing those args (either done externally by the client 
app, or internally by a library) wipes out the potential



Miles Sabin                       Cromwell Media
Internet Systems Architect        5/6 Glenthorne Mews
+44 (0)20 8817 4030               London, W6 0LJ, England
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