Good code has to satisfy a lot of quality factors, such as readability, reusability but also performance. Especially online users aren't known for their patience. That's why writing code with very low level algorithms can speed up things a lot. To abstract all this hacking a bit, I publish a package called BitSet.js today.
In fact, it's really the same as working with integers directly, but with the benefit of not worrying about the size of the bit-range.
Take the following example:
var a = 0; a|= 1 << n; // Set bit at position n a = ~a; // Invert bits a = a & MASK; // Mask bits
It is quite handy, but not when n becomes larger than the maximum log base 2 of the integer. For large n, the following is the same as above, but much cleaner and also scalable:
var a = new BitSet; a.set(n, 1); // Set bit at position n a.not(); // Invert bits a.and(MASK); // Mask bits
You might also be interested in the following
- Store small numbers in big numbers
- Field size as power of two
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