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Freeze string literals when not mutated.

I wrote a utility that helps find areas where you could optimize your program using a frozen string instead of a string literal, it's called [let_it_go]( After going through the output and adding `.freeze` I was able to eliminate the creation of 1,114 string objects on EVERY request to [codetriage]( How does this impact execution?

To look at memory:

require 'get_process_mem'

mem =
1_114.times { " " }
before = mem.mb

after = mem.mb
puts "Diff: #{after - before} mb"


Creating 1,114 string objects results in `Diff: 0.03125 mb` of RAM allocated on every request. Or 1mb every 32 requests.

To look at raw speed:

require 'benchmark/ips'

number_of_objects_reduced = 1_114

Benchmark.ips do |x|"freeze")    { number_of_objects_reduced.times { " ".freeze } }"no-freeze") { number_of_objects_reduced.times { " " } }

We get the results

Calculating -------------------------------------
              freeze     1.428k i/100ms
           no-freeze   609.000  i/100ms
              freeze     14.363k (± 8.5%) i/s -     71.400k
           no-freeze      6.084k (± 8.1%) i/s -     30.450k

Now we can do some maths:

ips = 6_226k # iterations / 1 second
call_time_before = 1.0 / ips # seconds per iteration 

ips = 15_254 # iterations / 1 second
call_time_after = 1.0 / ips # seconds per iteration 

diff = call_time_before - call_time_after

number_of_objects_reduced * diff * 100

# => 0.4530373333993266 miliseconds saved per request

So we're shaving off 1 second of execution time for every 220 requests. 

Is this going to be an insane speed boost to any Rails app: nope. Should we merge it: yep. 

p.s. If you know of a method call that doesn't modify a string input such as [String#gsub]( please [give me a pull request to the appropriate file](, or open an issue in LetItGo so we can track and freeze more strings. 

Keep those strings Frozen

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locale Move the `validate!` method to `ActiveModel::Validations`.
serializers Use Active Model, not ActiveModel in plain English
validations Freeze string literals when not mutated.
attribute_assignment.rb Follow-up to #10776
attribute_methods.rb Freeze string literals when not mutated.
callbacks.rb Fix description for AM::Callbacks
conversion.rb Use Active Model, not ActiveModel in plain English
dirty.rb minor rdoc syntax fix [ci skip]
errors.rb formatting changes
forbidden_attributes_protection.rb Check attributes passed to create_with and where
gem_version.rb Use Active Model, not ActiveModel in plain English
lint.rb Better docs for AM::Lint::Tests
model.rb use attribute assignment module logic during active model initialization
naming.rb Freeze string literals when not mutated.
railtie.rb Use BCrypt's MIN_COST in the test environment for speedier tests
secure_password.rb Fix spelling error in has_secure_password documentation [ci skip]
serialization.rb Revert "Add code example for include option of AM::Serialization#seri…
test_case.rb Remove dead code from AMo.
translation.rb Convert ActiveModel to 1.9 hash syntax.
validations.rb Revert "Revert "Reduce allocations when running AR callbacks.""
validator.rb Change the deprecation messages to show the preferred way to work with
version.rb Use Active Model, not ActiveModel in plain English
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