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Is there anything smaller that the byte?

 
alzamabar
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Hi, I'm working with java NIO, which uses ByteBuffers to transport data across the wire. I was wondering if it would be possible to compress the bytes in the ByteBuffer, for instance by using the *GZIP* classes delivered with the JDK or if the outcome of a GZIP compression would be a byte (in this case I would have already what I am looking for).
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"byte" is the smallest data type in Java. You can address individual bits using the bitwise operators &, |, and ~, but that's not quite the same thing.
Anyway, to answer your question: you can indeed compress bytes. The result would be a fewer number of bytes. GZIPOutputStream would indeed be one way to do this.
 
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