Bit Hacking with Go

Vladimir Vivien on February 03, 2017

In the good old days of computing when memory was expensive and processing power was at premium, hacking on bits directly was the preferred (in s... [Read Full]
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A note on 'Bits as Configuration' - instead of assigning the values 1, 2, 4 & 8 manually you can use iota.

const (
    FlagA = (1 << iota)

Makes it easier to reorder and introduce new flags.


Thanks Vladimir for this overview!
I have 2 comments:

  • there seems to be a typo in the introduction. it says '&' which should probably be '&'
  • the example of using 'AND NOT' to clear the 4 LSB's. do people do this? isn't it easier to just 'AND' against 0xF0 ? I tried it and it seems to provide the same outcome

thanks again,


Hi Dieter,
Thanks for taking time to read and asking questions.

  • You are right, it is a typo, it should be &^ (thanks for catching that)
  • yes the AND and &^ have the same effect in some situations as you pointed out. Their usage will depend on context of what you want to achieve and which one makes the expression you are constructing easier.
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