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Stream and Character reading

 
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Hi,
Please help in this, when i should go for Stream reading and character reading in IO package.
I am notable to distinguish which one to use.
thanks in advance
 
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Use streams to read binary data (raw bytes), and use readers/writers to read text made up of characters. In some language encodings, as you probably know, a character can be made of several bytes. That's what reader/writers are for: they automatically handle assembling multiple bytes into characters as needed.
 
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