RFC: AbstractStringBuilder sharing its buffer with String

Ivan Gerasimov ivan.gerasimov at oracle.com
Sun Nov 29 11:42:07 UTC 2015

Hi Peter!

On 27.11.2015 18:15, Peter Levart wrote:
> On 11/27/2015 01:39 PM, Ivan Gerasimov wrote:
>> Hello!
>> Prior to Java5, StringBuffer used to be able to share its internal 
>> char[] buffer with the String, returned with toString().
>> With introducing of the new StringBuilder class this functionality 
>> was removed.
>> It seems tempting to reintroduce this feature now in 
>> AbstractStringBuilder.
>> The rationale here is that StringBuilder already provides a way of 
>> accepting the hint about the result's size.
>> The constructor with the explicitly specified capacity is used for 
>> increasing the efficiency of strings concatenations.
>> Optimizing this case by avoiding additional memory allocation and 
>> copying looks sensible to me.
>> Here's the draft webrev
>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~igerasim/XXXXXXX-ASB-shared-value/00/webrev/
> It is tempting, yes. But I think there was a reason that this was 
> dropped when StringBuilder was introduced and that reason was 
> thread-safety. StringBuilder doesn't use any synchronization. If a 
> concurrent thread gets a reference to a StringBuilder and executes 
> mutating operations while some other thread calls toString() on the 
> same StringBuilder, then returned String could appear to be changing 
> it's content (be mutable), which can have security implications:

Yes, it's a good point!
I think it may be possible to fix this through using block-free 
However, the overhead may still slow things down in the common case.
Let me try to implement another draft with will address this issue to 
see how fast it is.

Sincerely yours,

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