substr vs regex

David Cantrell david at
Sat Sep 8 19:37:12 BST 2007

Matt Lawrence wrote:
> David Cantrell wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 03, 2007 at 11:44:53AM +0200, Abigail wrote:
>>>                                                     The speed of the
>>> substr() solution is independent of the length of $variable
>> Only true for constant-width character sets.  This is why UTF-8 is a
>> stupid stupid design.
> I guess you could convert to UTF-32 for substr work.

That's only a win if you're going to do lots of substr()s on one piece
of data.

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