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Modifying A String With blit_string

ReasonML’s Bytes module has a function called blit_string. This function allows you to copy portions of a string into a destination byte sequence. It is a fairly low-level operation, so you have to provide a source string and provide an offset of that source string to start copying from. You then have to provide a properly sized byte sequence as well as the destination’s starting offset and length of bytes to be copied.

Here is an example of how we can use blit_string to create a copy of the string with the first character removed.

let remove_first_char = (str: string): string => {
  let copy_len = String.length(str) - 1;
  let dst = Bytes.create(copy_len);
  Bytes.blit_string(str, 1, dst, 0, copy_len);
  Bytes.to_string(dst);
};

Notice that once the byte sequence has been copied over, we then need to convert it back into a string.