Roshan James

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Most developers have faced situations in which they need to read data from a file of some given format but can find no real library routines for this purpose, other than the standard file-handling libraries. In such cases, they would have to develop code to calculate the addresses of various values they want to retrieve from the file, plus write file-handling code to retrieve the data. While this is probably feasible for simple file types, the need to support a complex file type, multiple file types, or a changing file type can easily become a development bottleneck. Our new language for the .NET platform, the Data Definition Language (DDL), is a unique language that aims to solve this common problem. We hope that by the time you have finished reading this article, you will want to download the DDL and try it for yourself (and drop us mail about it) At one time we w... (more)