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FileReader vs FileInputStream

jeevanandam palani

Joined: Dec 16, 2009
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which is efficient to use FileReader or FileInputStream
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
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It's not a question of efficiency, it's a question of functionality. Streams work with binary data, while Readers (and Writers) work with character data. If binary data can be converted to character data (and not all binary data can), then you'll need to consider the encoding that was used to convert the character data to binary data in the first place.
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