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Book Review: The Unix Philosophy Explained

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The essense of Unix, in book form...
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange, simply means plain text. No special formatting, no fancy algorithm's for reading it, no proprietary method of reading or writing it. Not very much can be said about this tenet because it speaks for itself. To put it in terms a businessman can understand: Time is money. It takes time to convert methods of data storage to another form. If the data is openly available for others to review, then why should time and money be wasted deciding and converting between formats. Standards are important for software development, especially in the open source world where the project is coded by a vast community, sometimes without a specific leader. Software doesn't care what format the data is written in. ASCII data storage is the perfect compliment to other eight tenets.
 read more | mail this link | score:2663 | -Ray, March 13, 2005
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