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# Bitwise And Operation

Posted on 1998-02-02
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I am confused on Bit Comparisons.  When doing a comparison of two bit values -> example

if ((nFlags & MK_LBUTTON)==MK_LBUTTON)
cout .....

Assuming that MK_LBUTTON = 00000001 and nFlags was Unknown
If nFlags was equal to 01010101 , the if statement would be true?  or does nFlags have to 00000001?  Basically what I am asking is that when doing the comparision is it checking for only the one in the last bit or is it comparing the entire byte?  Can someone explain how this all works and what it might be useful for?

Thanks
DArrell
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Only when nFlag is 00000001, it will be true.

You have to understand what is the outcome for a bit AND.  For example, 01010101 & 00000001 = 00000001 and 01010101 & 00001111 = 00000101.

If what you want is the opposite, the code should be:
if ((nFlags & MK_LBUTTON) != 0)
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Sorry, I was so dumb when I gave the answer.

if ((nFlags & MK_LBUTTON)==MK_LBUTTON)

As long as the last bit of nFlags is 1, it will be true.  It is the same as

if ((nFlags & MK_LBUTTON)!=0) but the latter is more common.
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