What is unit "Generics.Collections" ?

hello, I've found a Delphi unit for implementing the AhoCorasick string search algorithm on this site:

https://gist.github.com/madhurjain/10067345

... but it makes a call to a unit "Generics.Collections" that my Delphi 7 compiler doesn't like ("File not found : "Generics.Collections.dcu"). Is this because my Delphi 7 is too old? Is there a workaround...?

Thanks!
    Shawn
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bas2754Commented:
It does not appear to be available in Delphi 7.  About halfway down this page (http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/39136) it discusses this is implemented in Delphi 2009.

Look for Section 7: Generics

Looks like an upgrade may be in your future.
shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Bas... yeah maybe I'll have to sooner than I figured. I did find the Generics.Collections.dcu compiled unit file while googling around. Do you think if I just added this file to my Search Path and compiled my project, it might somehow work??

Thanks
   Shawn
Sinisa VukSoftware architectCommented:
No, it is not good to put this file - because it is compiled with another version of Delphi and needs compatible units. Workaroud is to try to make unit compatible to older Delphi. If you get stuck - ask for help here.

Add: Similar search algorithm: Boyer-Moore-Horspool
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shawn857Author Commented:
OK thank you Sinisa. I think mainly what I need from the Generics.Collections unit is the Queue and Stack capability. Do you know if there's maybe a 3rd party implementation of these data structures for D7?

Also regarding the Boyer-Moore-Horspool method - I looked at that one already and it's not suitable for me as it searches for only one pattern in the target string. I need to be able to search for multiple patterns in the target string.

Thanks!
   Shawn
MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
Queue and Stack do exists in D7 iirc, but not a generic queue and stack.

Generics is a mechanism which the compiler needs to support, you can not build or use it if it's not in the compiler, read this for more information.
Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
there is a queue and stack type in the contnrs unit.
shawn857Author Commented:
what is the difference between the "generic" queue and stack, and the queue and stack found in D7's contnrs unit?

Thanks
   Shawn
MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
what is the difference between the "generic" queue and stack, and the queue and stack found in D7's contnrs unit?

To put it simply, the queue and stack from D7 works with TObject or pointer, while with generic's you can make a queue and stack for a specific type of object, so you don't need to typecast (and can't make mistakes, etc).

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