[racket] Low level manipulation on numbers

From: Doug Williams (m.douglas.williams at gmail.com)
Date: Tue Oct 11 12:53:57 EDT 2011

Or the packed-binary package on PLaneT (
that is useful for reading binary formatted files. From the package

Performs conversions between Racket values and C structs represented as byte
strings. It also provides read and write routines to perform these
conversions directly to/from binary files. It uses format strings as compact
descriptions of the layout of the C structs and the intended conversion
to/from Racket values. This can be used in handling binary data stored in
files or from network connections, among other sources.


On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Tony Garnock-Jones <tonyg at ccs.neu.edu>wrote:

> Hi Nicolas,
> On 2011-10-08 12:41 PM, 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.
> You might also be interested to try out (require (planet
> tonyg/bitsyntax)). The documentation is at
> http://planet.racket-lang.org/package-source/tonyg/bitsyntax.plt/3/2/planet-docs/manual/index.html
> If, for example, you wanted to parse a little-endian 32-bit length
> prefixed blob from a packet, you might write
> (bit-string-case packet
>  ([ (len :: little-endian integer bits 32)
>     (body :: binary bytes len) ]
>   body))
> The library supports arbitrary-width integers, and 32- or 64-bit floats.
> It uses the primitives that Matthew mentioned internally.
> Regards,
>  Tony
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