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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 be..."

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