Erlang does have problems

Robert Virding robert.virding@REDACTED
Wed Aug 30 22:00:43 CEST 2006

No, while binaries, or a string data type equivalent, are definitely 
much more space efficient (a factor 2-8 depending on encoding) they are 
probably much slower for processing strings. Especially for pulling them 
apart and rebuilding them, and inserting or deleting bits which would 
entail much copying. Of course you could make a more complex datatype 
which keeps the characters in a linked sequence ... :-)

Strings as lists also has the benefit that you can more easily work on 
16 or 32 bit unicode characters directly without worrying about 
encoding. Then encode them when done. I would keep the statis strings as 
binaries and dynamic ones as lists.


Joel Reymont wrote:
> On Aug 30, 2006, at 4:25 PM, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> How is it less of a problem with lists? There still isn't any support
>> for text encodings in what ships with Erlang (that I've been able to
>> find, anyway).
> I (naively?) assumed that it's easier to process text encodings using  
> lists than binaries. It should be the same, now that I think about  it, 
> just using much less space with binaries and maybe even faster.
> -- 

More information about the erlang-questions mailing list