Subject: Re: length
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/06/20
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Josef Eschgfaeller <>
| How fast is length for strings (or vectors)?

  LENGTH is a simple accessor for any subtype of ARRAY.

| But for a normal string, does Lisp go through memory until a terminating
| symbol is reached, or is there always a value associated to each string,
| which gives the length?  I suspect the first one is true.

  why?  Common Lisp is designed, unlike C.  do yourself a favor and stop
  thinking in C terms.  and please note that very few languages other than
  C use strings that cannot hold all possible characters.

@1999-07-22T00:37:33Z -- pi billion seconds since the turn of the century