A chapter dedicated to strings will have to wait until the 4th edition. Mike Shea contributed to this section.
 I have no idea how they came up with this method name, or what its supposed to refer to. But its reassuring to know that whoever comes up with nonintuitive method names is still employed at Sun. And that their apparent policy of not reviewing code designs is still in place. Sorry for the sarcasm, but this kind of thing gets tiresome after a few years.