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I have issues with visualizing other things as well. What is it about masking and shifting that you struggle with? It is just logical operations on the bit level rather than evaluating an entire byte or bytes. Is your mental model for the byte good?
@Demolishun I think a have an understanding of how it works but I get mixed up on what Anding vs oring does. It's such a small piece. It's worth mentioning I have a form of Dysgraphia which is kind of like dyslexia but for writing instead of reading. I don't have much of an issue anymore but I do feel I have a harder time with things that have to do with mathematical "order" I guess.
Like, seeing a math equation I can explain exactly what it's doing and why. But if I have to write it myself I just blank. Unless it's something I've had to do over and over.
Its just "set bit at pos n". For the value to be 1 both must match on & (all), either must be 1 for | (any).
^ is exclusive, so it's 1 if only one of the bit values has one (Highlander).
Shifts just offset n position l Or r. They can be lossy. They're good for quick math.
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