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The STL string class is a powerful, full-featured tool for storing, manipulating, and displaying character-based data. It has much of the convenience we would find in a high-level scripting language, yet remains as quick and agile as we would expect from C++.

The string class is based on basic_string, a contiguous containerContiguous containers refer to data structures in programming that store elements in a contiguous block of memory, allowing for efficient random access and element traversal due to their memory layout. class that may be instantiated with any character type. Its class signature looks like this:

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