You've got strange characters like "�" or "ö" display in your application? Yes, handling non-English characters in application code, files and databases can be a challenge, to say the least. Whether that's German Umlauts, Cyrillic letters, Asian Glyphs or Emojis: It's always a mess in an international application. In this session you will see why that is and how handling characters evolved in computing. You will also see how handling characters in applications and databases can be done less painfully. And don't worry when EBCDIC, BOM or ISO-8859-7 are Greek to you and your Unicode is a bit rusty: we'll have a look at them too!


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I got some really useful information here! And it was presented in a very engaging way. Excelllent talk!

Stefan at 00:43 on 9 Jun 2018

Great overview of various bits and pieces around encoding: trivia to actual use cases

AlwinD at 09:44 on 9 Jun 2018

Great talk! Gave me a lot of new insights about the whole Unicode thing.

Now I know everything about � I never dared to ask.

Well done: informative and fun.

A R S at 23:56 on 9 Jun 2018

Good talk with a nice build up from the basics of ASCII to the intricacies and pitfalls of making sure everything in your code will be using the 'holy grail' that is UTF-8. ?

f4br1cat0r at 18:31 on 10 Jun 2018

A topic nobody likes, but everybody needs. Great talk!

Ronald D. at 18:32 on 11 Jun 2018

This was a very good and well prepared talk, everything makes a lot more sense now! ?