Frank Frank -4 years ago 102
C++ Question

Binary literals?

In code, I sometimes see people specify constants in hex format like this:

const int has_nukes = 0x0001;
const int has_bio_weapons = 0x0002;
const int has_chem_weapons = 0x0004;
// ...
int arsenal = has_nukes | has_bio_weapons | has_chem_weapons; // all of them
if(arsenal &= has_bio_weapons){
std::cout << "BIO!!"

But it doesn't make sense to me to use the hex format here. Is there a way to do it directly in binary? Something like this:

const int has_nukes = 0b00000000000000000000000000000001;
const int has_bio_weapons = 0b00000000000000000000000000000010;
const int has_chem_weapons = 0b00000000000000000000000000000100;
// ...

I know the C/C++ compilers won't compile this, but there must be a workaround? Is it possible in other languages like Java?

Answer Source

I'd use a bit shift operator:

const int has_nukes        = 1<<0;
const int has_bio_weapons  = 1<<1;
const int has_chem_weapons = 1<<2;
// ...
int dangerous_mask = has_nukes | has_bio_weapons | has_chem_weapons;
bool is_dangerous = (country->flags & dangerous_mask) == dangerous_mask;

It is even better than flood of 0's.

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