I used to know how to program back in the 80's, but after 20 years of driving trucks, I've gotten real rusty.
I have an idea for a data compression algorithm, but I'm having trouble with reading information from disk into memory where it can be manipulated. I've been trying to do this using Python, while teaching myself the language, but I just can't seem to get the program to manipulate the data the way I need it to.
I need the program to look at ALL information found on disk as their binary or hex numeric values. It still needs to understand EOF markers and directories, but it doesn't need to look at text symbology or try to process any of the code it examines. I just need the numerical values off the disk, and I'm having a heck of a time getting Python to do the job.
I used to know basic and QuickBasic, but that was back in the day. Any suggestions on what language I should use, or what modules I should try using in Python? I'm kinda stumped with this whole file manipulation thing.