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In this chapter, you will learn how to:
How the Microsoft Windows .NET Framework performs input/output (I/O)
Which classes that make up the System::IO namespace
How to perform text I/O
How to read and write files
How to work with files and directories
How to perform binary I/O
You’ve already used the Console class to perform I/O to and from the console. This chapter will introduce you to the System::IO namespace, which contains the classes, structures, and enumerations that implement the Microsoft .NET I/O model.
If you know anything about the Java I/O mechanism as implemented in the java.io package, you’ll find it easy to start working with .NET I/O because the two have many similarities.