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getting bytes from an integer

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My favorite way of getting bytes from an integer is to let the compiler do it:


typedef struct
unsigned char b[4];
} b4_t;


int i = 15311, j;
b4_t* pb4 = (b4_t*)&i;
for (j=0 ; j<4 ; j++)
printf ("byte %d = %d", j, (int)pb4->b[j]);

Hope it works, I didn''t actually compile this.

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another non compiled and sure to fail approach, using only shifts and binary operations (the idea should work, though):

int i;
byte b1,b2,b3,b4;

b1 = (byte)(i&0xFF000000)>>24;
b2 = (byte)(i&0x00FF0000)>>16;
b3 = (byte)(i&0x0000FF00)>>8;
b4 = (byte)(i&0x000000FF);

You know, I never wanted to be a programmer...

Alexandre Moura

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