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From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-17 22:08:14

From: brangdon_at_[hidden] (Dave Harris)

> ... but wouldn't produce very readable text files.

readible text files are a minor convenience useful for debugging - nothing more.
I needed a universal method for rendering/de-rendering all C++ fundemental
to a series of bytes. This method had to be free, complete, and guarenteed
correct. streams fullfilled these requirements. Text streams are portable
across machines but may be slow, binary archives are fast but not portable
across machines. More archive mechanisms may turn up in the future.

Robert Ramey

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