What is it? EBCDIC (pronounced either ehb suh dik or ehb kuh dik) is a binary code for alphabetic and numeric characters that IBM developed for its larger operating systems. It is the code for text files that is used in IBMs OS/390 operating system for its S/390 servers and that thousands of corporations use for their legacy application applications and database. In an EBCDIC file, each alphabetic or numeric character is represented with an 8 bit binary number (a string of eight 0s or 1s). 256 possible characters (letters of the alphabet, numerals, and special characters) are defined.

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