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a question of optimization

Pablo Olmos

Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 10
Hi everyone,

Recently a question came up with a coworker. What is faster and more robust to do?:


The question came up because the original code was:

It is unknown if the path string contains a trailing slash ("/"). So if a slash isn't concatenated between the path and file name, the created File object would not be a valid representation of the file.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

Given that the proper directory separator is not necessarily a '/', the first one is simply wrong. There's a static variable in the File class that contains the right characters; but personally I'd use #2. Don't worry about efficiency at this micro-level -- worry about using efficient algorithms.

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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 14112
I agree with Ernest. #2 is more robust, and that trumps speed per default.

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