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Welcome to the CoalescedHashTable! Written by: Ryan Gerard and Robby Walker INTRODUCTION The CoalescedHashmap is an object that uses a coalesced hashing strategy to deal with hashing collisions, and persists that hashmap to disk. Coalesced hashing is a strategy of collision resolution in a hash table that forms a hybrid of separate chaining and open addressing. This hashmap implemention allows you to map single characters to long values. It also will automatically resize the table (doubling it in size), in case you add more objects than your table can hold. Coalesced chaining avoids the effects of primary and secondary clustering, and as a result can take advantage of the efficient search algorithm for separate chaining. If the chains are short, this strategy is very efficient and can be highly condensed, memory-wise. Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalesced_hashing SETUP The CoalescedHashMap is a C++ library. The included makefile should be able to build the project for you. Alternatively, a Release build of the lib is included, so you should be able to link to the .lib file and start using it right away. If you'd like to run the Unit tests, please setup CppUnit, and build the TestRunner.cpp file. BASIC USAGE To create the hashmap, pass in the initial size of the hashmap you want to create into the constructor: map = new CharacterMap(100); To add values to the hashmap, map a single character to a long value: map->put('a', 100); To check whether a hashmap contains a key already, use the 'contains' function: if(map->contains('a')) To get a value from the hashmap, pass in the key, and a value to fill with the hashmap result: long result; map->get('a', result); To get the current size of your table, call the function: map->getSize() To flush the hashmap to disk, call flush, and pass in a file pointer to the file to write to: FILE *fp = fopen("C:\\test.bin", "wb"); map->flush(fp); fclose(fp); To create a map from a hashmap previously flushed to disk, call the constuctor and pass in a file pointer to the file containing the hashmap: fp = fopen("C:\\test.bin", "r+b"); map = new CharacterMap(fp); fclose(fp); EXCEPTIONS 100: Thrown when a hashmap memory allocation fails 200: Thrown when a read from disk fails (called from inside the CharacterMap constructor with a file pointer) 300: Thrown when a write to disk fails (called from inside the flush() call) 400: Thrown when the object can't read the file object count from disk (called from inside the CharacterMap constructor with a file pointer)