Bitwise Operators

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Bitwise Operators

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The last group of operators are called bitwise operators because the operations are performed bitwise. It simply means that a logic operation is performed for each bit of two numbers. The result is a new number – the total result of the bitwise operations.

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Example:

15 & 8

Result:

8

Since this operation is bitwise the calculation will be per bit. So to understand what’s going on here, you have to convert the numbers to binary values:

15 = 1111 8 = 1000

Now each bit in the number 1111 (15) can be used in a logical operation with the other number 1000 (8): 1111 AND 1000

Bit number

1111 (15)

1000 (8)

Result

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1