There's a level of Hell reserved for the person who incorporated the concept of "ASCII" and "binary" files into the FTP protocol and the Windows operating system - Come'on, it's all just bits, ones and zeros, people!
Hope you never have to work with VMS. Or pretty much
anything besides Unix, actually. But there may very
well be a level of hell reserved for people who create
filesystems that have multiple separate ways to store
data associated with a file, dub one of them the "data
fork", and then proceed to store data in the others.
There's a level of Hell reserved for the person who incorporated the \r\n line feed on Windows platforms
No, that's standard-compliant behavior. There's a
level of hell reserved, I'm quite sure, for people
who decide to save one byte per line by ignoring
bits and pieces of well-established standards such
as ASCII. (Not that the folks at MS aren't guilty
of things like that too, but we can't take the time
to list those infractions here, and they aren't
Perl-related anyway.) A Windows file you can
just send straight out a socket, but a Unix-style
file has to be munged to adhere to all the protocols
when you send it over the network. (That's not why
MS followed the standard, though; they didn't care
at the time about networks; they just wanted to be
able to toss a file at the parallel port and have
the printer "just work" with no driver. Remember
ASCII printers? Yeah. I even had one that did
Extended ASCII. The output was barely legible, but
hey, it worked.)
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