Did you try to decode an encoded file before
it was put in the database? If that works, then your database somehow alters the file between storage and retrieval. If that doesn't work then there is probably something wrong with the encoding.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James
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