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# shift operators

rajaraman navaneethan
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hello friends,
i am preparing for SCJP and i need ur help regarding shift operators.i am not comfortable with shifting negative numbers.can the rule multiplying by 2^number of shifts and divide by 2^number of shifts be applied for negative numbers?
i am also not clear about casting which will be involved in shift operations.will the questions of such type be on the exam?

-192>>2.

can the divide by 2^number of shifts be applied here?

if possible any one of you please send me a list of examples with shift operators that would be sufficient for the exam.

regards
raja

Barry Gaunt
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Have a look at Corey's TipLine Article on shift operations.

Joe Sondow
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Originally posted by rajaraman navaneethan:
-192>>2.

can the divide by 2^number of shifts be applied here?

Let's find out.

2 ^ 2 = 4
-192 / 4 = -48
System.out.println(-192>>2); // prints -48

So for this example the answer is yes.