The Lie (and Truth!) of Plain Text

It's the developer's canvas. The foundation upon which we build the overwhelming majority of modern technology.

I refer to the wonder that we call "plain text". Plain text is everywhere. It is both delightfully simple and drastically more complex than we typically recognize!

As we journey through a world of characters, encodings, bytes, and markup languages we'll discover how plain text shapes our work and how we adapt plain text to our purposes. We'll talk about the rough edges that can cause us pain and how we can solve these challenges!

I've studied Unicode, encodings, markup languages, and storage solutions. I've used these learnings to debug and solve real problems! I want to help others do the same.

Michael Richardson

Engineering Manager at Kroger Digital | Developer Community Organizer

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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