KodeWarrior KodeWarrior - 1 year ago 135
C Question

What does (x ^ 0x1) != 0 mean?

I came across the following code snippet

if( 0 != ( x ^ 0x1 ) )
encode( x, m );

What does
x ^ 0x1
mean? Is this some standard technique?

Answer Source

The XOR operation (x ^ 0x1) inverts bit 0. So the expression effectively means: if bit 0 of x is 0, or any other bit of x is 1, then the expression is true.

Conversely the expression is false if x == 1.

So the test is the same as:

if (x != 1)

and is therefore (arguably) unnecessarily obfuscated.

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