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Difference between character streams and byte streams

 
Chandra Bairi
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Hello friends,
I think this is the right forum for this question. What is the difference between character and byte streams right from the low level implementation to the high level implementation. what I actually feel is there is only one difference and that is when we use the character streams the data will be read as a character (i.e 16 bits) and when we read/write the data as byte stream then it will be done as a byte(i.e 8 bits) and there is no other difference. Can anyone help me out in explaining the whole concept.
Thanks in advance.
Shekar
 
Cindy Glass
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What you said was correct.
I will move this to the I/O forum for you to continue the conversation.
 
jason adam
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You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. What other aspect of the two classes is bothering you?
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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