labeling Files

If you look in a computer programmer’s freezer you will find all kinds of containers, but none of them labeled. They do the same thing creating files without labeling the encoding. You are just supposed to know. Ditto with the MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) type, the separator and comment delimiters and column names in CSV (Comma-Separated Value) files. Ditto with the endian convention. Imagine how much more civilised life would have been if Martha Stewart were the first programmer.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)