How do I read binary data as text?

Posted on 2004-09-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hi All,

I was wondering how I could go about reading a binary file and coverting it to text so I can send it through TCP/IP.  I would like to be able to send executables, word documents etc. to the server and vice versa.  Currently, I can only send text.  Is this the best way to do this?  Does anyone have a method to send binary data through TCP/IP or read a binary file into a string?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Jaime Olivares earned 250 total points
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You can always send binary data over a socket connection (well, FTP does it :o) - all you need to do is adding a minor protocol overhead telling the receiver how much data is to follow.

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Thanks Jaime!
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OK, increase your transfer volume by one third if you want :o)

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jkr, do you have any other solutions?

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Date: 09/20/2004
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You can always send binary data over a socket connection (well, FTP does it :o) - all you need to do is adding a minor protocol overhead telling the receiver how much data is to follow

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