[Haskell-cafe] Bytestrings and [Char]

Johann Höchtl johann.hoechtl at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 03:31:55 EDT 2010

On 22.03.2010 14:15, Ivan Miljenovic wrote:
> On 23 March 2010 00:10, Johan Tibell<johan.tibell at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> A sequence of bytes is not the same thing as a sequence of Unicode
>> code points. If you want to replace String by something more efficient
>> have a look at Data.Text.
> Though Data.Text still has the disadvantage of not being as nice to
> deal with as String, since you can't pattern match on it, etc.
> Whilst it may degrade performance, treating String as a list of
> characters rather than an array provides you with greater flexibility
> of how to deal with it.
But doesn't this basically mean sacrifice performance / applicability 
for algorithmic beauty? Sure, pattern match comes in handy, but in the 
case of strings at a high price

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