Working with binary data

Posted on 2006-04-27
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I'm doing some hard core C#\.NET socket program and have a pressing question about dealing with binary data.  I've done similar work in Java, and have found the ByteBuffer class in Java's NIO package invaluable.  I was wondering if there is a similar class (either part of the .NET SDK or 3rd party) for managing binary data in C#.  The specific operations I would need support for are append, find, cut, and copy, and would want the class to keep track of its current position etc...

If it turns out all I can work with are native .NET arrays, are there any methods for bulk cutting\copying and appending on them?
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Carl Tawn earned 336 total points
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The System.Collections namespace contains a BitArray object which may suit your needs.
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gregoryyoung earned 332 total points
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as for moving data around ... its not as simple as always using blockcopy ..


Given the operations that you mention ... MemoryStream would probably be a good starting point for you.

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