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CS 340 - Software Design

Spring 2012

Project 2 - File Compression

Due: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

For this assignment, you are to use the Huffman Coding algorithm to create a file compression/decompression utility. We will use a static Huffman Tree, based on the HTML file const.html which is from the web site While this file is large, it does not use all of the ASCII characters (for example: capital Z does not appear in the file). Since we are using a static Huffman Tree (we will encode all files using the same tree), we need to make sure that all possible characters are included. For more information check out the Wikipedia page on Huffman Coding or]].

Your project is to preform three tasks:

  1. Create the Huffman Tree information
  2. Use the information from part 1 to compress a file
  3. Use the information from part 1 to uncompress a file.
Each of these tasks is to be done in its own program. I.E. You will be creating 3 executable programs for this project. To keep things somewhat uniform, the three programs are to be called:
  1. createTree
  2. hcompress
  3. huncompress
The program to create the Huffman tree information should take the name of a file as a command line argument. The ASCII characters from this file will be used do determine the frequency of the characters as needed when building the Huffman tree. This program is to write out to a file (or files) the information that will be used by the compress program and the uncompress program. The names of the output file(s) will be hardcorded in your program and you may assume that their names will not conflict with other files.

The program to compress a file will take the name of the file that is it to compress as a command line argument. The program will create a file that contains the compressed information. This new file's name will add a ".H" to the filename of original file. The information needed to compress the file will be read from the file written by first program. The filename of the file containing this information will be hardcorded in your program.

The program to uncompress a file will take the name of the file to be uncompress as a command line argument. The name of the file must end with a ".H". The resulting file should use the name of the compressed file without the .H ending. The information needed to uncompress the file will be read from the file written by first program. The filename of the file containing this information will be hardcorded in your program.

If any of the three programs is not given a command line argument, you are to prompt the user for the apropriate information.

Project Requirements

  • For this project, you are NOT allowed to use any classes from the C++ Standard Template Library nor libraries from the Qt Library expect with explicit permission from the instructor.

  • This project requires the use of a programmer-written binary tree class using dynamic memory allocation.

  • This project requires the use of multiple source code files.

Submission of the Program

Your program is to be submitted electronically via the turnin command on the LINUX machines. The project name for this is proj2. All programs are expected to be written in good programming style.

Turnin your program electronically using the "turnin" command from your CS account as follows:

turnin -c cs340 -p proj2 [your project directory]
where the [your project directory] is the directory name under which you have all your files related to this programming problem. The turnin command will automatically compress the data under your directory, so there is no need to do the compression by yourself.

Notice you can only invoke turnin command on the Linux machines in the lab or after logging into the server machine

If you want to verify that your project was turned in, look in the turnin directory for a file with your userid. For instance for this project, from your CS account you would type:

turnin -c cs340 -p proj2 -v

Note that you can execute turnin as many times as you would like, up until the program deadline when turnin will be disabled for this project. Each time you execute turnin for a project, you overwrite all of what you had turned in previously for that project. It does not work in an incremental way.

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