developerWorks: Put Virtual Filesystems to Work
May 05, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)
"A virtual filesystem (VFS) is an abstraction with surprisingly
productive uses. Several popular languages now support VFS
constructs, and Cameron Laird shows you what they are good for.
"'You won't understand how useful it is until you've tried it
for yourself.' When someone offers me that line, my usual reaction
is to think the speaker doesn't understand the feature in question
well enough to explain it.
"In the case of virtual filesystems, though, my own experience
tells me that the speaker is right. Jeffrey Hobbs is a Senior
Developer with ActiveState Corp., and both of us have seen how
unexpectedly powerful working with a virtual filesystem (VFS) can
Digest: GNU, June 26, 2002(Jun 27, 2002)