Are there alternatives to bit-wise operators?

Asked by Lee Bieber on 2010-11-26

Are there alternatives to the removed bit-wise operators, |, &, << and >>?

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Found this buried on our wiki page so am posting here.

Andrew Hutchings (linuxjedi) said : #2

No, this thread gives an explanation as to why it was removed:

http://<email address hidden>/msg00359.html

Brian Aker (brianaker) said : #3

Having functions, and eventually a dynamic bit type wouldn't be that difficult. The functions are no more then a couple of hours worth of time.

André R. (andre-romcke) said : #4

Hi, this is how we use bit operations and hence why we would like to see it included somehow:

Languages uses bit mask for our content model, so on 32 bit systems we allow up to 30 languages, and on 64 bit with some patching 60 languages.
This is enough for our use, and I guess the reasons for not creating separate tables for this info instead with one to many relationship is that have a huge amount of tables already and the guys implementing it though bit operations would be faster (but is it? Think i've seen mysql having some index usage problems on bit fields, not sure though).

André R. (andre-romcke) said : #5

index usage problems on bit fields => index usage problems when using bit operations

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