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Designing a Runtime Environment for my own Scripting Language

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Hi! I have a question concerning the development of my own scripting language. The language is C style, and should support the basic data types. The compiler and runtime env works already for integers and floats, but not for strings, since i have no idea how to organize the memory for strings so i can access it. I can access it by memory address, but i cannot figure out the length of the string since the next byte in memory could also point to another variable. Can someone help me on this topic? thanks Gammastrahler

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Instead of having the next byte of memory possibly being something else, why not define that it''s always the length of the string.

Or you could NULL terminate the strings - meaning that you come to the end of the string when you read a byte which is 0.

Or if neither these work, then have the string variable point to an area of memory (dynamically allocated I''d have though), in which the first value is the length of the string..

You should go for option 3 really (depending if your strings are immutable or not (ie can they change))

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