April 4, 2013
Good question. Data is all around, but we often either ignore it, or don't get the full use out of it (such as coming up with conclusions, based on its attributes).
Its format, more than anything else. It can be pure ASCII (or EBCDIC) text, stored as machine integers (big- or little-endian), floating point, bcd, or even something else.
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No special tools -- could be a text-handling language like AWK, or a special library (e.g., Regular Expression) of a particular programming language.
Hi, folks. I've lived in the North Texas area all my life (except for the occasional foray elsewhere). I've been in the software development business since the early 1980's.