Creating an encoder/encryption class

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I want to create my own class with various ways of encoding/encrypting and decoding/decrypting strings and things of the like. Only thing is, I don’t know much about cryptography. Where should I start? Are there any simple algorithms?

 
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There are already libraries for that, but you can check out the documentation and articles for encryption standards and start implementation from there.

 
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Originally posted by qwerberism:

There are already libraries for that, but you can check out the documentation and articles for encryption standards and start implementation from there.

It’s more of a personal challenge. I’m probably practically not going to be using them.

 
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I’d start by googling “getting started in cryptography” or “simple encryption function.”

 
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or take some intro class online: https://www.coursera.org/course/crypto http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/cs387/CourseRev/apr2012

Note that these are classes on cryptography not encryption/encoding, which are almost completely different things (some encryptions use cryptographic principles though). Not quite sure what you wanted since your post talks about both but I couldn’t find any online classes on encryption/encoding…