Tcl (was Re: [oclug] UNIX philosophy (was Re: vim rulez...))
Michael P. Soulier
msoulier at storm.ca
Thu Apr 19 09:27:54 EDT 2001
On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 06:05:54AM -0700, Francis Pinteric wrote:
> As for pure text being ancient ... that strikes at the heart of the
> Unix portability philosophy. Text and text only.
Sometimes you need binary data, or you're given binary data to manage. I
spend most of my time working with text, but every now and then I have to do
something like gethostbyname(), and unpack in perl is my friend. Or, I need to
compute the checksum of a file.
If it can't handle binary, then I can't always use it. Not a big deal, but
an issue nonetheless.
Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at storm.ca>
"With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a
good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be
dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead." -- RFC 1925
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