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Big / Little Endian encoding - Trivia

Etymology[edit]
Danny Cohen introduced the terms Little-Endian and Big-Endian for byte ordering in an article from 1980.[1][2] In this technical and political examination of byte ordering issues, the "endian" names were drawn from Jonathan Swift's 1726 satire, Gulliver's Travels, in which civil war erupts over whether the big end or the little end of a boiled egg is the proper end to crack open, which is analogous to counting from the end that contains the most significant bit or the least significant bit.[3][4]

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