On Monday, 27 June 2016 at 16:38:58 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad wrote:
Yes, and the idea of speeding up strings by padding out with zeros is not new. ;-) I recall suggesting it back in 1999 when discussing the benefits of having a big endian cpu when sorting strings. If it is big endian you can compare ascii as 32/64 bit integers, so if you align the string and pad out with zeros then you can speed up strcmp() by a significant factor. Oh, here it is:

Your link's use of padding pads out with a variable number of zeros, so that a larger data type can be used for the compare operations. This isn't the same as my example, which is simpler due to not having to fiddle with alignment and data type casting.

I didn't find a strlen implementation for dchar or wchar in the D libraries.

I also found it strange, the non-zero initialization values for char, dchar, wchar. I suppose there's some reason?

int [100]  to zeros.
char [100]  to 0xff;
dchar [100]   to 0xffff;
wchar [100]   to 0xffff;

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