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From Jörg Schaible <joerg.schai...@gmx.de>
Subject Re: [io?] [all] flexible "char-array" ?
Date Wed, 08 Apr 2009 09:36:05 GMT
Paul Libbrecht wrote at Mittwoch, 8. April 2009 11:17:

> 
> Hello commons list,
> 
> one thing I keep seeing around is people exchanging either too big
> strings, byte-arrays, or stringbuffers. It looks like, they one has
> still not found something sensible that describes something close to
> an array of characters so:
> 
> - that can give its length
> - that can be read and re-read
> - with a variant can be  changed to (e.g. with a writer)
> 
> but something that is flexible enough so that:
> 
> - it does not reserve a block of contiguous bytes in RAM!
> - it scales pretty big
> - maybe it even has regions mapped into file
> 
> where should I look for such a family of objects?
> Commons-IO could be such maybe?
> 
> paul
> 
> PS: last I looked, many many many people serialize massive document as
> XML, that is good, but they exchange that XML as string!

Have a look at the different ImageInputStream/ImageOutputStream
implementations. In fact, they don't have to be used for images only ;-)

- Jörg


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