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y wasn't the functionality of stringbuffer included in string itself ?

Posted on 2006-11-12
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like doing
S + S + S + S + S + S + S
where S = string takes more time than the case where S = stringbuffer. Why wasnt the overloading of + for string itself made efficient ?
[Assuming thats the No.1 case for using stringbuffer - atleast I didnt use stringbuffer for any other purpose]
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Basically becuase String's are immutable objects
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The Java language provides special support for the string concatenation operator ( + ), and for conversion of other objects to strings. String concatenation is implemented through the StringBuffer class and its append method. String conversions are implemented through the method toString, defined by Object and inherited by all classes in Java. For additional information on string concatenation and conversion, see Gosling, Joy, and Steele, The Java Language Specification.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/lang/String.html

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If you wonder what an Immutable object is and why it enhances performance etc, kindly read these links,
http://www.javapractices.com/Topic29.cjp (Why you would need it)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immutable_object (The definition)
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-jtp02183.html (IBM article saying when you want to mutate)
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