It looks like I may have jumped the gun with my conclusions from the previous exercise to benchmark string performance in Delphi 2009. Following a useful exchange in the comments with Kryvich I corrected a small discrepancy in the tests and made some changes to the performance testing subsystem within the SmokeTest framework. I then re-ran my string performance benchmarks with some significant – and more encouraging – differences in the results.
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Andreas Hausladen generously took the time to make some detailed comments on my previous post, one of which prompted me to throw together some further performance test cases for String types specifically. The results were something of a mixed bag and contained some surprises.