1. ## bitwise operators

Can someone explain to me bitwise operators please? I just dont seem to get it.
Thanx
ps. Can you explain it to me as if I was an idiot?

2. I explained these before on the old board but after just going looking for the thread the search came up with nowt so i'll explain them again....

ones complement operator ~
This just reverses a bit.....
so 0 becomes 1 and 1 becomes 0

shift right operator >>
this shifts all the bits 1 place to the right.The most significant bit becomes a zero as there isn't anything to shift in. This is a quick way of dividing integers by powers of 2.

shift left operator <<
This is the opposite of shifting to the right so this time the least significant bit is replaced by a zero and all other bits get shifted 1 place to the left.A quick way of multiplying integers by a power of 2.

bitwise and &
This is used mainly for clearing bits ( because anything anded with 0 is 0). It has the following truth table:-
a b a&b
0 0 0
0 1 0
1 0 0
1 1 1

bitwise or |
This is used mainly for setting bits (because anything ored with 1 is 1).It has the following truth table:-
a b a|b
0 0 0
0 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 1

bitwise xor ^
This is very similar to or except it doesn't produce a true result if both of its operands are true.It has this truth table.
a b a^b
0 0 0
0 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 0

here is a small code sample to print in binary...It shows how some of these operators are used.
Code:
```#include<stdio.h>

void printbits(unsigned int tobeprinted)
{
unsigned int shift=8*sizeof(unsigned int)-1; // bits are 0-31 not 1-32
printf("%i is ",tobeprinted);
for(unsigned int i=1;i<=(shift+1);i++)
{

else
printf("0");
tobeprinted <<= 1;
if (i%8==0) printf(" ");
}
}

int main()
{
for (int i=1;i<10;i++)
{
printf("Enter positive integer :-");
unsigned int input;
scanf("%i",&input);
printbits(input);
printf("\n");
}
return 0;
}```