Unicode/UTF-8 compulsory reading

This should absolutely be a part of the compulsory reading at any half decent Computer Science undergrad curricula. Quoting:

So I have an announcement to make: if you are a programmer working in 2003 and you don’t know the basics of characters, character sets, encodings, and Unicode, and I catch you, I’m going to punish you by making you peel onions for 6 months in a submarine. I swear I will.

And one more thing:

IT’S NOT THAT HARD.

And as that last phrase says, it really isn’t all that complicated. It takes 20 minutes to read thoroughly, and it WILL save you a LOT of debugging time in the future (I speak out of experience). The more low level/hardcore explanation is here, for those interested.

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