Gregory Stark wrote:
Perhaps if you're doing some form of replication between different
architectures you might want to use binary representation for your transfers.
Or if you're doing something in a PL language like compressing or bundling up
multiple data in a container format or something.

I'm not quite sure I understand where you're coming from, but isn't that what the send and recv functions for most data types are for? Don't those provide a cross-platform compatible binary representation?



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