xpcom/string/public/nsObsoleteAString.h
author Benjamin Smedberg <benjamin@smedbergs.us>
Tue, 27 May 2008 13:51:53 -0400
changeset 15145 f68cd87e0d10de19925227af59a343d7787167d3
parent 1 9b2a99adc05e53cd4010de512f50118594756650
permissions -rw-r--r--
Back out JS-as-C++, because it's a suspect in the Linux performance regression.

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#ifndef nsObsoleteAString_h___
#define nsObsoleteAString_h___

/*
    STRING INTERNALS

    This file defines nsObsoleteAString and nsObsoleteACString.  These are
    abstract classes (interfaces), containing only virtual functions
    corresponding to the FROZEN nsA[C]String classes.  They exist to provide
    the new non-abstract nsA[C]String classes with a mechanism to maintain
    backwards binary compatability.

    From a binary point-of-view, the new nsA[C]String classes appear to have a
    vtable pointer to the vtable of nsObsoleteA[C]StringThunk.
    nsObsoleteA[C]StringThunk is a subclass of nsObsoleteA[C]String that serves
    as a simple bridge between the virtual functions that make up the FROZEN
    nsA[C]String contract and the new ns[C]Substring, which is now our only
    subclass of nsA[C]String.

    The methods on the new nsA[C]String are now all non-virtual.  This reduces
    codesize at the callsite, and reduces the number of memory dereferences and
    jumps required to invoke a method on nsA[C]String.  The result is improved
    performance and reduced codesize.  However, to maintain binary
    compatibility, each method on nsA[C]String must check the value of its
    vtable to determine if it corresponds to the built-in implementation of
    nsObsoleteA[C]String (i.e., the address of the canonical vtable).  If it
    does, then the vtable can be ignored, and the nsA[C]String object (i.e.,
    |this|) can be cast to ns[C]Substring directly.  In which case, the
    nsA[C]String methods can be satisfied by invoking the corresponding methods
    directly on ns[C]Substring.  If the vtable address does not correspond to
    the built-in implementation, then the virtual functions on
    nsObsoleteA[C]String must be invoked instead.

    So, if a nsA[C]String reference corresponds to an external implementation
    (such as the old nsEmbed[C]String that shipped with previous versions of
    Mozilla), then methods invoked on that nsA[C]String will still act like
    virtual function calls.  This ensures binary compatibility while avoiding
    virtual function calls in most cases.

    Finally, nsObsoleteA[C]String (i.e., the FROZEN nsA[C]String vtable) is
    now a DEPRECATED interface.  See nsStringAPI.h and nsEmbedString.h for
    the new preferred way to access nsA[C]String references in an external
    component or Gecko embedding application.
                                                                             */

#ifndef nsStringFwd_h___
#include "nsStringFwd.h"
#endif

#ifndef nscore_h___
#include "nscore.h"
#endif

  // declare nsObsoleteAString
#include "string-template-def-unichar.h"
#include "nsTObsoleteAString.h"
#include "string-template-undef.h"

  // declare nsObsoleteACString
#include "string-template-def-char.h"
#include "nsTObsoleteAString.h"
#include "string-template-undef.h"

#endif // !defined(nsObsoleteAString_h___)