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Does interning a String improve performance?

 
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Does interning a String improve performance in dealing with Strings?
 
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hi,
what is interning a string ?
anyway: since Strings are immutable perhaps the use of StringBuffer could help you ?
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A two minute hack would seem to give anecdotal evidence that operations on intern'ed string are marginally faster, but that the inclusion of the intern call itself pushes your time back out to the original (in a small op set). What effect there is on memory I don't know. I would be interested to know what the HotSpot people have to say, or if anyone has a larger test case than I had time to put together...
 
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