Optimization 2.0 for composing strings - Was: Replace concat String to append in StringBuilder parameters

Ulf Zibis Ulf.Zibis at CoSoCo.de
Fri Aug 29 20:53:50 UTC 2014

Hi compiler people,

is there some chance that javac could be enhanced to optimize better as discussed in this thread? 
Than refactoring of up to now better readable code to ugly StringBuilder at append() code would be 
I really like the String concatenation syntax, but unfortunately it often causes slower code and 
bigger footprint.
Optimally javac would optimize mixed use of StringBuilder, StringJoiner, concatenation, toString(), 
append(String), append(Collection) etc. to a single StringBuilder instance, so that the resulting 
code, JITed or not, will have better performance.
Additionally javac could guess a reasonable initial capacity from the given source code.

Am 29.08.2014 um 10:01 schrieb Wang Weijun:
> So it's not that the optimization fails but there is no optimization on them yet.
> I do see the .append("x") case will be easy to deal with, but it looks like historically javac has not been a place to do many optimizations. It mostly converts the java source to byte codes in a 1-to-1 mapping and let VM do whatever it wants (to optimize). When you talked about compiling multiple concatenation into using a single StringBuilder, it's more like choosing the correct implementation rather than an optimization.
> I don't expect to see big change on this in the near future, so shall we go on with the current enhancement?
> Thanks
> Max
> On Aug 29, 2014, at 2:17, Ulf Zibis <Ulf.Zibis at CoSoCo.de> wrote:
>> I mean:
>> It does not output byte code that only uses a single char array to compose the entire String in question.
>> With "optimization fails", I also mean, there is used an additional "StringComposer" e.g. another StringBuilder or a StringJoiner in addition to the 1st StringBuilder.
>> -Ulf
>> Am 27.08.2014 um 14:02 schrieb Pavel Rappo:
>>> Could you please explain what you mean by "javac optimization fails" here?
>>> -Pavel
>>> On 27 Aug 2014, at 10:41, Ulf Zibis <Ulf.Zibis at CoSoCo.de> wrote:
>>>> 4.) Now we see, that javac optimization fails again if StringBuilder, concatenation, toString(), append(String), append(Collection) etc. and StringJoiner use is mixed.

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