> >Just quickie, I am writing a version of BString, just to cut my teeth, >any objections/suggestions? > Keith There are gobs of implementations of a basic string class out there -- I think most C++ programming books probably do some sort of version as an example. Also, the MUSCLE distrib comes with a number of basic class implementations including a string class. You may want to look at those for inspiration (you can get MUSCLE at BeBits). However you go about it, I would make sure that your version is as lightweight as is possible. It should have the minimum overhead above and beyond C char pointers. Developers quickly learn whenever a class is too heavy or inefficient and just avoid using it. As far as implementation methodology, I would do this: Create a BString class with a different name. Since you are Keith, how about KString? Now, implement your version and then test it against BString. Obviously it should support all the class functions with exactly the same results. Then write up a testing suite that really stresses the hell out of it -- create/destroy thousands (millions) of the buggers in a loop. Tweak it until it produces memory usage/speed on par or better than the native BString. Finally, when you have your battle tested version ready, rename it to BString and check it into the CVS. And then let us know so we can properly praise you!