txt From the 70's to 2007 the open source .txt filename extension format commonly referred to plain text documents encoded using the ASCII character set. To support internationalization and localization, .txt text documents are today text files encoded using the UTF-8 or UTF-16LE standard which is a superset of the ASCII character set. Text documents of type .txt typically have minimal formatting for example no support for bold or italic characters or support for bullet points etc. This allows .txt documents to use minimum storage space and be platform independent as long as the operating system supports the underlying encoding character set used to create the .txt document. On windows .txt file support has existed since 1985 when Windows 1.0 was released and since then has been mostly associated with the notepad application on Microsoft Windows.
pdb The .pdb filename extension refers to the program database file format authored by Microsoft. The format is used for storing debugging information about executable files and programming libraries or DLL files. The pdb format was designed to ease the debugging process of executables and program modules by decoupling the debugging information from the end of the program or class library itself to allow the integrated debugger and linker to access the pdb files directly. It doing so, the PDB format facilitates the stepping into/out of runtime libraries. The format and its internals remain the proprietary asset of Microsoft.