I have a new java version of a python wrapper module
There are also some modules to test it using ao. the
string tests as distributed with Jython.
It's too large to post. I'd prefer to attach it as a .tgz,
but even that is more than 60k, (including the class files).
A stringBuffer has all methods that a string has,
but it operates in place whenever possible, so as to
avoid creating objects.
For the same reason I added start and stop args
All string operators are implemented, including
the += and *= that work in place.
In case you or someone else is interested I'd gladly
send a copy.