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Tom Archer introduces a step-by-step technique for versioning your serialized files so that your application can handle current and older file formats, as well as properly deal with situations where the application is older than the file format being read.
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Tom Archer illustrates how to use the .NET OLE DB classes to read text files.
Tom Archer illustrates how to locate files matching a specified extension by using a .NET component and various .NET classes.
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