# [racket] Low level manipulation on numbers

Thank you so much for your very quick answer.
It seems that the conversion to and from bytes are what I was looking for.
With that, it is quite easy to do all the manipulations I want.
Best,
Nicolas.
On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM, Matthew Flatt <mflatt at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
>* At Sat, 8 Oct 2011 17:41:35 +0100, "nicolas.oury at gmail.com" wrote:
*>* > I am trying to write a small implementation of Protocol Buffers (
*>* > http://code.google.com/p/protobuf/ ) and I have difficulties
*>* > with bit manipulations, especially to transform a negative integer into a
*>* > series of bytes and back.
*>* >
*>* > I can not find an implementation of a non-arithmetic shift for fixnums,
*>* and
*>* > a way to specify which size of fixnum to construct.
*>*
*>* There aren't different sizes of fixnums. When you want to convert an
*>* exact integer to bytes, then `integer->integer-bytes' lets you specify
*>* the size.
*>*
*>* There also isn't a logical shift operator, if I understand what you're
*>* after. If you work with positive integers, then `arithmetic-shift'
*>* (plus `bitwise-and'?) behaves like a logical shift. If you want
*>* logical-shift effects for finite 2's complement representations, then
*>* you probably don't really want to work on fixnum representations, which
*>* are 63 or 31 bits, but instead some power of 2 via bitwise operations
*>* like `bitwise-ior', `bitwise-and', and arithmetic shifts of negative
*>* numbers. Note also that `integer-bytes->integer' lets you say whether
*>* to interpret a set of bytes as unsigned or as 2's complement.
*>*
*>* > I can't also find an easy way to get the byte representation of flonums.
*>*
*>* `real->floating-point-bytes'
*>*
*>*
*
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