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Posted 25 Apr 2004

Zip and Unzip from a C# program using J# runtime

, 25 Apr 2004 CPOL
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There are a lot of libraries to work with zip files. I found a very easy way to work with zip files from a C# program. The Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 comes with new language: J#. Let's look at it a little. For sure, Java is a parent of it; if so, is somewhere here! I spent a few minutes and found it in vjslib.dll. Let's do the work. Start a new C# project and select Windows Application. Our goal is something like that:

All we need to do is: add reference to our project:

Now, we can use it:

// Output stream fos = new; 

// Tie to zip stream zos = new; 

// Stream with source file fis = new; 

// It's our entry in zip ze = new; 

sbyte[] buffer = new sbyte[1024]; 
int len; 

// Read and write until done 
while((len = >= 0) 
    zos.write(buffer, 0, len); 
// Close everything 


That's all! Demo application is included.


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Valeri Makarov
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Russian Federation Russian Federation
Over 12 years of experience as a Software Developer/Engineer, development and production support applications for MS DOS, MS Windows.
Certified C Programmer
Certified C++ Programmer
Certified Visual FoxPro Programmer
Certified C# Programmer

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