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What types of data files do your know? What are advantages and disadvantages of each type?

Can you please help with the following study question? What types of data files do your know? What are advantages and disadvantages of each type? In which cases (when writing a programming code ) would you use each of the types? Give examples.

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Types of data files and how they are used with examples

Extension Type Characteristics
.aam media file MacroMedia Shockwave
.arc archive file
(obsolete) Open with PKZip or WinZip
.asp web page active server page - used to code Web pages that connect to databases
.au audio Sound file - open with player - used on older Web pages
.avi video clip Audio/Video Interleaved - movie clip - open with mplayer, IE, or Navigator with plugin
.bak backup file Used by many applications - often created automatically
.bat application DOS batch file - run by double-clicking in Win95 - edit with Notepad
.bmp graphic file Microsoft bitmap - open in MS Paint or graphics program
.cab archive Microsoft installation achive (cabinet file) - similar to .zip archive
.cfg Configuration file
.cgi - Common Gateway Interface - used to exchange information with a server (often used with Perl)
.chk - Data recovered after running Checkdisk

.css style sheet plain text file containing web page style preferences
.csv data Comma Separated Value file - a way of presenting tabular data in a text file - usually viewed in MS Excel.
.dat data file Used by several applications. Not to be opened directly.
.dcr media file Macromedia Shockwave movie
.dir media file Macromedia Director file - provides animation and interactivity
.dll dynamic link library Software used by Windows to provide services to applications
.doc document Microsoft Word file
.dot template Microsoft Word template
.drv device driver Used to control hardware - (old)
.dtd text document type definition
.exe application self-extracting or executable file - run by double-clicking in Win95
.faq data file Frequently Asked Questions - almost always a text file
.fla media Macromedia Flash animation file - requires Shockwave
.fnt - Font file
.gif image graphic in GIF format - open in web browser or graphics program
.gz ...

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Can you please help with the following study question? What types of data files do your know? What are advantages and disadvantages of each type? In which cases (when writing a programming code ) would you use each of the types? Give examples.

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