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(VB.NET) Compress and Decompress Hex String

Imagine we have data represented as a hex string. This example demonstrates how to decode, compress, and re-encode to a smaller hex string representing the compressed data. An even better choice is to re-encode to a more compact encoding such as base64.

Note: This example requires Chilkat v9.5.0.66 or greater.

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'  This example requires the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
'  See Compression UnlockComponent for sample code.

'  Note: This example requires Chilkat v9.5.0.66 or greater.

Dim success As Boolean

Dim strHex As String = "54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A0D0A"

Dim compress As New Chilkat.Compression
compress.Algorithm = "deflate"

Dim binDat As New Chilkat.BinData
'  Load the hex string into a BinData object.
'  This decodes the hexidecimal. The decoded bytes will be contained in the BinData.
binDat.AppendEncoded(strHex,"hex")

'  Compress the BinData.
compress.CompressBd(binDat)

'  Get the compressed data in hex format:
Dim compressedHex As String = binDat.GetEncoded("hex")
Console.WriteLine("compressed hex:")
Console.WriteLine(compressedHex)

'  The compressed hex is: 0BC94855282CCD4CCE56482ACA2FCF5348CBAF50C82ACD2D484D51C82F4B2D522801CAE72456552AA4E4A7EBF172850C61E5BC5C00

'  Even better, get the compressed data in base64 format:
'  (base64url and modbase64 are other valid choices...)
Dim compressedBase64 As String = binDat.GetEncoded("base64")
Console.WriteLine("compressed base64:")
Console.WriteLine(compressedBase64)

'  The compressed base64 is: C8lIVSgszUzOVkgqyi/PU0jLr1DIKs0tSE1RyC9LLVIoAcrnJFZVKqTkp+vxcoUMYeW8XAA=

'  Now decompress:
binDat.Clear()
binDat.AppendEncoded(compressedHex,"hex")
compress.DecompressBd(binDat)

Dim decompressedHex As String = binDat.GetEncoded("hex")
Console.WriteLine("decompressed hex:")
Console.WriteLine(decompressedHex)

'  The output is the original hex string:
'  54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A54686520717569636B2062726F776E20666F78206A756D706564206F76657220746865206C617A7920646F672E0D0A0D0A

 

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