A string type for minimizing data-transfer costs in Julia
The package is registered in the General registry and so can be installed with
julia> using Pkg; Pkg.add("WeakRefStrings")
The package is tested against Julia
0.6 and nightly on Linux, OS X, and Windows.
Contributing and Questions
Contributions are very welcome, as are feature requests and suggestions. Please open an issue if you encounter any problems or would just like to ask a question.
WeakRefStrings is discouraged for general users. Currently, a
WeakRefString purposely does not implement many Base Julia String interface methods due to many recent changes to Julia's builtin String interface, as well as the complexity to do so correctly. As such,
WeakRefStrings are used primarily in the data ecosystem as an IO optimization and nothing more. Upon indexing a
WeakRefStringArray, a proper Julia
String type is materialized for safe, correct string processing. In the future, it may be possible to implement safe operations on
WeakRefString itself, but for now, they must be converted to a
String for any real work.
Additional documentation is available at the REPL for