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Default Turning strings into bits...help

Hi Everyone,

I am working on a Huffman coding application that reads the frequencies of all the bytes in the file, then builds a Huffman tree and creates codes for each byte value, depending on their frequency.
Now I have an array named codeTable[] containing 256 Strings for each 256 possible frequencies.

The codes in codeTable[] look like this:

Now I need to output those codes to an BufferedStreamOuput. I need to find an efficient way to put those strings in the output file.
Each 1 and 0's should be 1 BIT long, therefore byte[] codeString = code.getBytes(); will not do the trick as it makes each 1 and 0 a byte long...thus making the output file bigger than the input(against the purpose of my application).

So what i need to figure out is a way to pack 1010101010 so i can write them out.

BufferedOuputStream as 2 write() methods, 1 that takes an int as parameter and the other takes a byte[] array.....



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It sounds like you need to convert Strings to integers. I think Integer.valueOf(String aString, int radix) might work for you.

edit: Never mind. Every int would be 4 bytes long.

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