I have a problem with conversions of different types.
In my code I am trying to use bytes and then convert them to an integer to be able to write x amount of bits from the integer to a storage of a kind.
The problem is that when I have a negative number as byte and I convert it to an integer, the bit representation as an integer has all the leading bits set as 1.
So when I try to save for example 10 bits from the integer, I get the leading bits as 1 instead of 0 as I expected.
Is there a way to reinterpret the byte as an integer while keeping the bit representation the same? I do not need to care about the actual numerical value of the integer.
From C++ I am used to having unsigned values which would prevent this issue, but now I am at loss with how to deal with this in java being limited to signed integers.
as byte: 11100100
as integer: 11111111111111111111111111100100
needed/expected integer: 00000000000000000000000011100100
public static void main (String args) throws java.lang.Exception