John Spacey, updated on December 22, 2022
A file is a container for data. Files are supported by a wide range of devices and are a fundamental building block of computing. They may contain a natural language such as English or may be filled with binary data meant to be read by machines. Files can be structured such as a photo designed to be read by a particular algorithm or unstructured such as a flat file filled with plain text. The following are common file related concepts.
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