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# Converting long to bytes

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Having trouble as CRC16 returns a long and I want it to go into an array of two bytes. How do you convert int or long numbers into bytes. Otherwise, does anyone know where to get a 16 bit CRC class that does this.
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Hi 'yung',

Try this out. It converts the 64-bit long into 8 bytes and puts it into an array. You can apply it also to 32-bit ints.

byte[] barray = new byte[8];
long L = 0x0A000B000C000D00L;

for (int i = 7; i >= 0; i--)
{
barray[i] = (byte)((L & (byte_mask << (8 * i))) >> (8 * i));
System.out.println(barray[i]);
}

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Author Comment

ID: 1225681
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what does " 0x0A000B000C000D00L" mean, is this hex? If I'm using the code for an int what would I use?

Ta
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225682
Yes, I used hex just as an example. There you clearly see the bytes. But you can use plain numbers as well. Like
L = 12341235424312L;
In case of int:

byte[] barray = new byte[4];
int iii = 0x0A000D00L; //or something like 341234;

for (int i = 3; i >= 0; i--)
{
barray[i] = (byte)((iii & (byte_mask << (8 * i))) >> (8 * i));
System.out.println(barray[i]);
}
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225683
yung, here is another way of doing that (I prefer it its a bit more elegant):

public static byte[] longToByteArray(long num) {
ByteArrayOutputStream baos;
try {
DataOutputStream dos = new DataOutputStream(baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream());
dos.writeLong(num);
return baos.toByteArray();
} catch( Exception e ) {}
return null;
}

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Author Comment

ID: 1225684
Thanks...both do the trick. I'll finally finish this datacomms assignment. You'll need to post as answrs tho, or else I can't unload the points.

Thanks
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225685
The 'gadio's answer is more elegant and Java style indeed. However, I still prefer the bitwise operations for small values like 1 long.

Say who takes the points.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225686
yung, wherever the point are going to, learn this pattern of conversion in java, you can use it to change any type to bytes and back this way, even when you don't have a bitwize operations to do that (like doubles and floats).
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225687
Should I toss a coin?

Ok.. here goes

woops.. where'd that coin bounce!!??
DOH!

:)
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Expert Comment

ID: 1225688
as far as I'm concerned points go to 'gadio'.
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Accepted Solution

ID: 1225689
Thank you diakov.
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Author Comment

ID: 1225690
Hey, both answers were fine and both worked... and gadio, I have studied up on my bitwize operations. Maybe I'll even do well in my exams. Thanks to you both.

I'm giving the points only to gadio because diakov didn't actually post as an answer so I don't know how to do it any other way.
Cheers

yung
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