A binary operator is a way to manipulate binary data. We already know there are `&`

, `|`

, `^`

, `<<`

and `>>`

operators, but not all of us know the secret of each operator. Let's explore what tricks behind those operators using go language.

## Multiply or Divide By 2

Multiply 2 using `* 2`

or divide using `/ 2`

is the normal way, but how we can achieve the same with the binary operator?

divide by 2 | shift right by 1 | `someNumber >> 1` |

multiply by 2 | shift left by 1 | `someNumber << 1` |

```
// multiply by 2
fmt.Println(4 << 1)
// Output: 8
// divide by 2
fmt.Println(4 >> 1)
// Output: 2
```

## Change case of character

```
// to upper case char
fmt.Println((string)('c' & '_'))
// Output: C
// to lower case char
fmt.Println(string('A' | ' '))
// Output: a
```

## Invert case of character

Invert char can be achieved by `xor`

with space

```
fmt.Println(string('A' ^ ' '), string('b' ^ ' '))
// Output: a B
```

## Get letter position

Get a letter's position in the alphabet (1-26) using `and with 31`

```
fmt.Println('z' & 31)
// Output: 26
```

## Check number odd or even

Simple check if the number is odd/even using `and with 1`

, if the number is odd will return true

```
// odd number return true
fmt.Println(7 & 1 > 0)
// Output: true
// even number return false
fmt.Println(8 & 1 > 0)
// Output: false
```

Try it yourself at https://play.golang.org/p/-wsIlDgBTmF

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