Understanding Compression
Data Compression for Modern Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2016
Pages: 242

If you want to attract and retain users in the booming mobile services market, you need a quick-loading app that won’t churn through their data plans. The key is to compress multimedia and other data into smaller files, but finding the right method is tricky. This witty book helps you understand how data compression algorithms work—in theory and practice—so you can choose the best solution among all the available compression tools.

With tables, diagrams, games, and as little math as possible, authors Colt McAnlis and Aleks Haecky neatly explain the fundamentals. Learn how compressed files are better, cheaper, and faster to distribute and consume, and how they’ll give you a competitive edge.

  • Learn why compression has become crucial as data production continues to skyrocket
  • Know your data, circumstances, and algorithm options when choosing compression tools
  • Explore variable-length codes, statistical compression, arithmetic numerical coding, dictionary encodings, and context modeling
  • Examine tradeoffs between file size and quality when choosing image compressors
  • Learn ways to compress client- and server-generated data objects
  • Meet the inventors and visionaries who created data compression algorithms
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The book you should be reading now

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    Comments about oreilly Understanding Compression:

    Read from the start to the end and you'll earn / learn more.

    Full of great examples, you'll learn with your intuition.

    I always wanted to know more about how video compression works and then I start a Coursera course, Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing, and this BOOK widely appeared.

    The way the authors wrote this book makes you read it in one stop but then it lets you wanting more.

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      Comments about oreilly Understanding Compression:

      Very nice quick read on a variety of topics in understanding compression. This book works really well if you combine it with Colt's youtube channel "compressor head" to give you clearer understandings of many algorithms and tricks in compression. For some topics, I would of liked a deeper dive into it such as "Discrete Cosine Transforms" but it seems as those are for another book.

      Great read overall!

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      I found this book quite annoying due to its constant and pointless harping on "math is hard". Could the authors please cut that out in the final version? And the "we can beat the theorem" attitude rather than focusing on the assumptions would be more productive.

      There is a lot of useful information in it, but I haven't entirely finished it, so I won't comment further.

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