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File Formats

File Formats

As well as supporting the standard files (where some line terminator [Unix: /n]) denotes the end of the line. This package can support other formats (normally length based lines).

Length based files have 2 advantages over typical unix/windows text files:

  1. When reading, you do not need to check every byte in the file for a <CR>. For a 600 byte line you are probably executing 1800 instructions per line to work out the length. With a length based file it it will be a couple of instructions,
  2. Ideal for storing binary data - Saves the conversion cost of converting numbers between text & Binary (in 3rd generation languages like C and Cobol).

Formats Currently Supported


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