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Nikki Freeman

Joined: Nov 03, 2005
Posts: 10
I am studying for the 1.4 test.

Unfortunately, bit shifting is part of the exam. I have never used bit shifting before. In all of the examples that I have seen (including the K&B book), it is assumed that you know what the bit pattern is for a given integer. .

My question: how are you supposed to know what the bit pattern is for an integer? Is there a formula for this? thnx, Nikki
wise owen
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Joined: Feb 02, 2006
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Check this thread.
Nikki Freeman

Joined: Nov 03, 2005
Posts: 10
Ok, after reading that, I'm even more confused.

For instance:

As the other user suggested, us the toBinaryString method results in:

My other question is; is it worth my time to try to figure this out? Are there very many questions on this for the exam?
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Originally posted by Nikki Freeman: i = 00000110;
System.out.println(i); // = 72 not 6...

An integral literal that begins with zero is interpreted as octal (base 8). So 0110 is 64 + 8 = 72.

Similarly, hexadecimal (base 16) literals are prefixed with a zero and the letter 'x', using letters a-f to represent 10-15. For example, 0x1c represents 28.

You should expect bit questions on the 1.4 exam, so you should spend some time getting more comfortable with this.

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Keith Lynn
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Joined: Feb 07, 2005
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The reason you get 72 when you print is that an integer contstant that begins with a 0 is considered an octal constant.

So 00000110 = 1*8^2 + 1*8 = 64 + 8 = 72.

It would benefit you if you learned the process to convert from a decimal to a binary number.
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