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Fast Optimizing Rectangle Packing Algorithm for Building CSS Sprites

, 14 Jun 2011 CPOL
Describes a fast algorithm to pack a series of rectangles of varying widths and heights into an enclosing rectangle of minimum size
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Drawing;

namespace Mapper
    /// <summary>
    /// Represents the contents of a sprite image.
    /// </summary>
    public interface ISprite
        /// <summary>
        /// Width of the sprite image
        /// </summary>
        int Width { get; }

        /// <summary>
        /// Height of the sprite image
        /// </summary>
        int Height { get; }

        /// <summary>
        /// Area of the sprite image
        /// </summary>
        int Area { get; }

        /// <summary>
        /// Holds the locations of all the individual images within the sprite image.
        /// </summary>
        List<IMappedImageInfo> MappedImages { get; }

        /// <summary>
        /// Adds an image to the SpriteInfo, and updates the width and height of the SpriteInfo.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="mappedImage"></param>
        void AddMappedImage(IMappedImageInfo mappedImage);


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Matt Perdeck
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Matt has over 9 years .NET and SQL Server development experience. Before getting into .Net, he worked on a number of systems, ranging from the largest ATM network in The Netherlands to embedded software in advanced Wide Area Networks and the largest ticketing web site in Australia. He has lived and worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Slovakia and Thailand.

He is the author of the book ASP.NET Performance Secrets ( in which he shows in clear and practical terms how to quickly find the biggest bottlenecks holding back the performance of your web site, and how to then remove those bottlenecks. The book deals with all environments affecting a web site - the web server, the database server and the browser.

Matt currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He recently worked at Readify and the global professional services company PwC. He now works at SP Health, a global provider of weight loss web sites such at CSIRO's and

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