B8- Peeking Inside a Computer File- Using a Hex Editor

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Introduction

Sometimes it is useful to be able to look at a computer file at the actual byte level. Hexadecimal editors allow us to do exactly that. This lesson teaches students how to use a hex editor and advanced text editor called Notepad++. It then shows what important hidden file aspects these tools reveal.

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Student Objectives / Goals

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will understand the importance of being able to view computer files in the original hexadecimal format.
  • Students will understand that computer files have hidden markers that affect their performance.
  • Students will understand the importance of using powerful tools to investigate phenomenon.

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