A type for efficiently storing short strings of known size
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This is a string type for compactly storing short strings of statically-known size. Each character is stored in one byte, so currently only the Latin-1 subset of Unicode is supported.

To use, call FixedSizeString{n}(itr), where n is the length and itr is an iterable of characters. Alternatively, other string types can be converted to FixedSizeString{n}.

FixedSizeStrings works well in the following cases:

  • Very short strings, e.g. <= 8 characters
  • Storing many strings of the same length, when the number of unique strings is large

If you have a large array with a relatively small number of unique strings, it is probably better to use PooledArrays with whatever string type is convenient.

TODO and open questions:

  • Support more characters by adding a parameter for the representation (UInt16, UInt32)
  • Does it make sense to support UTF-8?
  • Possibly add MaxLengthString, which is the same except can be padded with 0 bytes to represent fewer than the maximum possible number of characters.

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