Re: Binary file IO: Converting imported sequences of chars to desired type

James Kanze <>
Thu, 29 Oct 2009 03:03:38 -0700 (PDT)
On Oct 28, 8:38 pm, Brian <> wrote:

On Oct 28, 7:42 am, James Kanze <> wrote:

On Oct 26, 9:50 pm, Brian <> wrote:

On Oct 26, 12:06 pm, James Kanze <> wrote:
I haven't invested in text or XML marshalling because
I think binary formats are going to prevail.

Which binary format? There are quite a few to choose from.

I'm only aware of a few of them. I don't know if
it matters much to me which one is selected. It's
more that there's a standard.

With the portability edge taken away from text, there
won't be much reason to use text.

The main reason to use text is that it's an order of
magnitude easier to debug. And that's not likely to change.

I was thinking that having a standard for binary would help
with debugging.

It might. It would certainly encourage tools for reading it.
On the other hand: we already have a couple of standards for
binary, and I haven't seen that many tools. Part of the reason
might be because one of the most common standards, XDR, is
basically untyped, so the tools wouldn't really know how to read
it anyway. (There are tools which display certain specific uses
of XDR in human readable format, e.g. tcpdump.)

James Kanze

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