Implemented in C++, it does not require or make use of a python interpreter. It provides convenience and familiarity for common string operations not included in the standard C++ library. It's also useful in environments where both C++ and python are used.
Overlapping functionality (such as index and slice/substr) of std::string is included to match python interfaces.
Note: Despite the infrequent updates, this repo is not dead/abandoned - just stable! We use it every day at Imageworks.