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Bit wise and shift operators

Argm Mastoi
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Joined: Oct 16, 2001
Posts: 35
Hi guys,
i learned the mechanism of Shift operators and bitwise operators but i couldn't understand that for what purpose they're used. can any one please explain. thanx in advance.
David Eason

Joined: Oct 31, 2001
Posts: 14
Sorry I couldn't think of a better example for the & operator. Basically, it is used to extract individual bits from a numeric type.

As for the shift operators, in other programming languages one use for them is fast multiplication and division by powers of 2. I am not sure if that particular optimization is necessary in Java, because I am not that familiar with Java.

[This message has been edited by David Eason (edited November 06, 2001).]
Jag Sharma

Joined: Nov 09, 2001
Posts: 10
I believe that bit patterns are also used in Computer Graphics, Animations.
Argm Mastoi
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Joined: Oct 16, 2001
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Thanx Jagdeep, now i got an idea about the usage of these from your answer. I was looking forward for Cindy's answer as her answers make the situation crystal clear.
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