Long value stored in byte array.

Posted on 1998-12-31
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
Hi there,

As I understand it a long data item in VB is stored using 32-bits.  This means that in a byte array the value must be sliced so that it occupied 4 8-bit array elements - anyone got code showing how to do this?  I'm sure it involves using bit-masks but my experience in this area is limited - sample code, along with comments, would be greatly appreciated.

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ID: 1453414
Here are the functions:

Int = 256 * HighByte + LowByte
LongInt = 65536 * HighWord + LowWord

LoByte = Int MOD 256
HighByte = Int \ 256
LowWord = LongInt MOD 65536
HighWord = LongInt \ 65536


Author Comment

ID: 1453415

Thanks for the quick response but i'd appreciate it if you could explain how to apply this code in a little more detail.

Say, for example, I have a long value stored in a variable called lResult and an 4 digit byte array (0 to 3) called MyArray.  Could you post code showing how to translate lResult into MyArray.

Sorry if this sounds really simple but I just don't understand how to use the code you've posted.



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Sure give me 5 minutes

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Expert Comment

ID: 1453417
Hmm, I found a better solution. (Read a lot faster)
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Author Comment

ID: 1453418
Thanks mirkwood,

I've looked at the link you've sent me but I probably won't use that method.  I've sat down and looked at your routine again and I understand now how to split the 32 bit value into two words and then split each word into 2 bytes.  I've written a routine using these formulae and they work fine.

Thanks for the quick reply.


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Here is some more, note they do not work anymore when the hiword is > 32767
This is a limitation of VB which uses signed long.

Private Function HiByte(ByVal w As Integer) As Byte
    HiByte = w \ 256
End Function

Private Function LoByte(ByVal w As Integer) As Byte
    LoByte = w Or &HFF
End Function

Private Function HiWord(ByVal l As Integer) As Integer
    HiByte = w \ 256
End Function

Private Function LoWord(ByVal l As Long) As Integer
    LoByte = w Or &HFFFF
End Function

Private Function MakeWord(ByVal HiByte As Byte, ByVal LoByte As Byte) As Long
    MakeWord = CLng(HiByte) * 256 + LoByte
End Function

Private Function MakeLong(ByVal HiWord As Long, ByVal LoWord As Long) As Long
    MakeLong = HiWord * 65536 + LoWord
End Function


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