ANNOUNCE: Bit::Vector 5.6

I am pleased to announce version 5.6 of the "Bit::Vector" module:

The package is available for download either from my web site at

http://www.engelschall.com/u/sb/download/

or from any CPAN (= "Comprehensive Perl Archive Network") mirror server:

(allow a few days for propagation if necessary)

http://www.perl.com/CPAN/authors/id/STBEY/

The package consists of a C library (designed for maximum efficiency)

which is the core of a Perl module (designed for maximum ease of use).

The C library is specifically designed so that it can be used stand-alone,

without Perl.

What does it do:

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This module is useful for a large range of different tasks:

- For example for implementing sets and performing set operations

(like union, difference, intersection, complement, check for subset

relationship etc.),

- as a basis for many efficient algorithms, for instance the

"Sieve of Erathostenes" (for calculating prime numbers),

(The complexities of the methods in this module are usually either

O(1) or O(n/b), where "b" is the number of bits in a machine word

on your system.)

- for shift registers of arbitrary length (for example for cyclic

redundancy checksums),

- to calculate "look-ahead", "first" and "follow" character sets

for parsers and compiler-compilers,

- for graph algorithms,

- for efficient storage and retrieval of status information,

- for performing text synthesis ruled by boolean expressions,

- for "big integer" arithmetic with arbitrarily large integers,

- for manipulations of chunks of bits of arbitrary size,

- for bitwise processing of audio CD wave files,

- to convert formats of data files,

and more.

What's new in version 5.6:

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The leading zeros in the output of "to_Hex()" have been suppressed.

BEWARE:

It is unlikely, but this may actually break existing applications!

Additionally, a warning produced by some compilers on line 2067 of

"BitVector.c" has been fixed.

Legal issues:

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Copyright (c) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 by Steffen Beyer.

All rights reserved.

This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or

modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, i.e., under the

terms of the "Artistic License" or the "GNU General Public License".

The C library at the core of this Perl module can additionally

be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of the

"GNU Library General Public License".

Prerequisites:

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Perl version 5.000 or higher, and an ANSI C compiler (!)

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Author's note:

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If you have any questions, suggestions or need any assistance, please

let me know!

I would in fact be glad to receive any kind of feedback from you!

I hope you will find this module beneficial.

Yours,

--

"There is enough for the need of everyone in this world,

but not for the greed of everyone." - Mahatma Gandhi