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The Data Compression Book

Nelson, Mark

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ISBN 10: 1558512160 / ISBN 13: 9781558512160
Published by M & T Books, 1991
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Condition as new. Comes with two 5.25 inch floppy discs. Isbn 1-55851-216-0, 1558512160. This is a reference on data compression, tailored to the popular programming environment. The book includes compression techniques for computer graphics, video and sound data and discusses the JPEG sound algorithm. It also shows how to evaluate and choose data compression methods. All techniques are illustrated with complete working programs in C++ and the accompanying disk includes compression utilities and reusable source code. Jean-Loup Gailly, a software consultant with more than 15 years of programming experience, wrote the compression code of the freeware zip archiver and is the author of the gzip data-compression program.; C++ programming expert Mark Nelson is director of software development for Greenleaf Software, Inc., and is contributing editor and columnist for Windows/DOS Developer's Journal. Mark's articles have been published in Dr. Dobb's Journal, C User's Journal, and Windows Tech Journal, among other publications. He has written best-selling books on data compression and serial communications. Bookseller Inventory # 6557

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Title: The Data Compression Book

Publisher: M & T Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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The Data Compression Book Second Edition The Data Compression Book is the most authoritative guide to data compression techniques available. This second edition has been updated to include fractal compression techniques and all the latest developments in the compression field. All the code in the previous edition has been updated to run with today's compilers and has been tested on multiple platforms to ensure flawless performance. You'll learn to write C programs for nearly any environment as you explore different compression methods. Nelson and Gailly discuss the theory behind each method and apply the techniques involved to shrink data down to a minimum. Each technique is illustrated with a complete, functional C program that not only demonstrates how data compression works, but it also can be incorporated into your own data compression programs. You'll also get detailed benchmarks demonstrating the speed and compression ability of each technique. The code in this book has been tested on a variety of platforms and compilers including Microsoft Visual C++ 1.5 with MS-DOS 5.0 and 6.22; Borland C++ 4.0 and 4.5 with MS-DOS 5.0 and 6.22; Symantec C++ 6.0 and 7.0 with MS-DOS 5.0 & 6.22; Interactive Unix System 3.2 with the portable C compiler; Solaris 2.4 with the SunSoft compiler; and Linux 1.1 with the Gnu C Compiler. Topics Include:

  • The Shannon-Fano and Huffman coding techniques
  • Adaptive Huffman coding techniques
  • Lossy compression
  • The JPEG compression algorithm
  • Fractal compression techniques
  • Arithmetic coding
  • Dictionary compression methods

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MARK NELSON is a regular contributor to various technical publications including Dr. Dobbs Journal, Computer Language, and the C User's Journal. JEAN-LOUP GAILLY, a software consultant with more than 15 years of programming experience, wrote the compression code of the freeware zip archiver and is the author of the gzip data-compression program.

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