"Ron Jeffries" <ronjeffries / REMOVEacm.org> wrote in
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> Hi Rich ... I think this is logically correct, yes. The concern is that the
>     @data[@offset+i]
> stuff creates a character object on each execution, as far as I know.

Hi,

afaik there is no such thing as  a ``character object'' - i.e.
``@data[@offset+i]''

is simply a Fixnum instance. As such it special in the sense that it
is not under the control of the garbage collector.

/Christoph