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Compressing

I want to know how I can compress an array of byte.  This is basically for files, but I want to do the code myself rather than get a component.

I can guess that a compression function will look for repetitions, or patterns of other kinds, but I don't know what the best approach to this is.

I want just the code that applies to this question - not whole projects, please.

Cheers.
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bogieman_
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rwilson032697Commented:
The best approach will depend a lot on the sort of data you are compressing.

For instance, data such as black and white images typically have long series of ones and zeros and are very suitable for simple run length encoding or group 3/4 fax compression.

Other data like english text is very suitable to dictionary based compressors like PKZip etc.

Perhaps you can tell us a little more about the sort of information you are compressing.

Cheers,

Raymond.
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johnstonedCommented:
Another good one for english text is Huffman encoding, especially as the algorithm is really easy.


Dave.
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God_AresCommented:
your awnser: ever heard of swag?? it is a porduct of the old day's. I used it a lot...
goto:
http://www.gdsoft.com/swag/downloads.html

download the reader and download ARCHIVES.SWG  there are manny examples in there. The conversion from tp7 to delphi x won't be a problem just copy and paste.

Greetz

God_Ares
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