When should I use an InputStream, and when should I use a Reader?


This can be confusing, particularly if you're already familiar with InputStream, and keep getting deprecated API warning messages. Let me simplify it for you.

So what's the difference? Well, DataInputStream's readLine() method is deprecated, because of problems with this method. Readers offer an alternative - though placing a readLine() method in a BufferedReader still seems a little odd to me. Whether its buffered or not has little to do with the fact it can read lines of text - but its easy enough to live with.