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BSCS 1992 Wentworth Institute of Technology

Originally from the Boston (MA) area. Lived in SoCal for a while. Now in the Phoenix (AZ) area.

OpenVMS enthusiast, ISO 8601 evangelist, photographer, opinionated SOB, acknowledged pedant and contrarian


"Using fewer technologies is better than using more." -- Rico Mariani

"Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a comment, ask yourself, ‘How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?’" -- Steve McConnell

"Every time you write a comment, you should grimace and feel the failure of your ability of expression." -- Unknown

"If you need help knowing what to think, let me know and I'll tell you." -- Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]

"Typing is no substitute for thinking." -- R.W. Hamming

"I find it appalling that you can become a programmer with less training than it takes to become a plumber." -- Bjarne Stroustrup

ZagNut’s Law: Arrogance is inversely proportional to ability.

"Well blow me sideways with a plastic marionette. I've just learned something new - and if I could award you a 100 for that post I would. Way to go you keyboard lovegod you." -- Pete O'Hanlon

"linq'ish" sounds like "inept" in German -- Andreas Gieriet

"Things would be different if I ran the zoo." -- Dr. Seuss

"Wrong is evil, and it must be defeated." –- Jeff Ello

"A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logical thinking, and on pedantic exactness." -- Nigel Shaw

“It’s always easier to do it the hard way.” -- Blackhart

“If Unix wasn’t so bad that you can’t give it away, Bill Gates would never have succeeded in selling Windows.” -- Blackhart

"Omit needless local variables." -- Strunk... had he taught programming
  • 23 May 2014: Best Database Article of April 2014 - Second Prize
  • 31 Dec 2009: CodeProject MVP 2010

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"But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"
"You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done."
―Luke Skywalker and Owen Lars

Like Tosche Station on Tatooine, this is a place for desert-dwellers to waste time with their friends; even if your chores aren't done. If you pick up a power converter, so much the better.

This group is intended as a meeting place for Code Projectors in Arizona and New Mexico. I suppose that Utah and Nevada are close enough. El Paso and El Centro are pushing it, but I'd be remiss to leave you out.

-- Your host
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GeneralOn System.Environment.NewLine Pin
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memberPIEBALDconsult19-Aug-09 4:51 
Text files generally contain several "lines" of text, separated by "linefeeds" (ASCII 10).

On some operating systems, the file will also contain "carriage returns" (ASCII 13).

The developers of the original C library decided that, for portability, the programmer shouldn't need to know the details.

So, in C you just specify '\n' and the operating system will add a '\r' if it chooses. Likewise, when reading a text file, if the file contains '\r\n', the '\r' will not be returned to the program.

And it was good.

But the designers of .net decided otherwise and think that the programmer should know the details, so we usually have to specify the '\r' or use System.Environment.NewLine which is supposed to aid portability (not that they expect .net to be ported), but which will do just the opposite in the end.

In theory, on a Windows system NewLine will equate to "\r\n" and on some other system it may be "\n" or "\r" or who knows what.
The problem, as I see it, is that this won't work on OpenVMS -- OpenVMS supports many types of files, including many types of text files.
On an OpenVMS system, you can have text files with "\r\n", "\n", or "\r" or with Fortran encoding, just about anything -- what will NewLine be set to on OpenVMS if .net gets ported to it? I suspect they will settle on "\n" and let the operating system figure it out -- just like in C.
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