My program dynamically builds lots of strings. Is there a way to optimize string performance
Use the StringBuilder class to concatenate strings. This class reuses memory. If you add string members to concatenate them, there is extra overhead as new memory is allocated for the new string. If you do a series of concatenations using the strings (instead of StringBuilder objects) in a loop, you continually get new strings allocated. StringBuilder objects allocate a buffer, and reuse this buffer in its work, only allocating new space when the initial buffer is consumed. Here is a typical use case.