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Re: Java/Unicode brain damage
- From: David Brownell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 20:10:04 -0700
> >Nah, people complain enough about wasted space ... admittedly
> >there's a religous war on whether (in C terms) "wchar_t" should
> >be 16 bits or 32.
> Developers do waste time optimizing for space, I'll grant you, but
> nowadays people rarely complain because space optimization
> doesn't really matter anymore, certainly not for text.
Exactly the heresy I was referring to! Not only does space matter
in small systems (Linux PDAs anyone?) but it also matters at the
level of hardware: cache memory isn't growing very quickly, and
certainly not as fast as the cost of data cache misses.