created: 06/20/00; revised 07/08/02
Recall that binary files are those whose bytes might hold any possible pattern. Binary files store data that has not been translated into character form. Of course, a binary file can store character data mixed in with its other data types. A file that exclusively stores character data is called a text file.
The subclasses of
are designed for byte-oriented input from any source.
For use, the source will usually be a file on the hard disk.
But other sources of data can also
be connected to a program as an