Class DTMStringPool

Direct Known Subclasses:
CustomStringPool, DTMSafeStringPool

public class DTMStringPool
extends java.lang.Object

DTMStringPool is an "interning" mechanism for strings. It will create a stable 1:1 mapping between a set of string values and a set of integer index values, so the integers can be used to reliably and uniquely identify (and when necessary retrieve) the strings.

Design Priorities:

Implementation detail: A standard Hashtable is relatively inefficient when looking up primitive int values, especially when we're already maintaining an int-to-string vector. So I'm maintaining a simple hash chain within this class.

NOTE: There is nothing in the code that has a real dependency upon String. It would work with any object type that implements reliable .hashCode() and .equals() operations. The API enforces Strings because it's safer that way, but this could trivially be turned into a general ObjectPool if one was needed.

Status: Passed basic test in main().

Field Summary
static int NULL
Constructor Summary
DTMStringPool(int chainSize)
          Create a DTMStringPool using the given chain size
Method Summary
 java.lang.String indexToString(int i)
static void main(java.lang.String[] args)
          Command-line unit test driver.
 void removeAllElements()
 int stringToIndex(java.lang.String s)
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
equals, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Field Detail


public static final int NULL
Constructor Detail


public DTMStringPool(int chainSize)
Create a DTMStringPool using the given chain size
chainSize - The size of the hash chain vector


public DTMStringPool()
Method Detail


public void removeAllElements()


public java.lang.String indexToString(int i)
                               throws java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException
string whose value is uniquely identified by this integer index.
java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException - if index doesn't map to a string.


public int stringToIndex(java.lang.String s)
integer index uniquely identifying the value of this string.


public static void main(java.lang.String[] args)
Command-line unit test driver. This test relies on the fact that this version of the pool assigns indices consecutively, starting from zero, as new unique strings are encountered.

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