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Re^2: Multiply Hex values

by Anonymous Monk
on Feb 09, 2017 at 16:13 UTC ( #1181543=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Multiply Hex values
in thread Multiply Hex values

First, that's exactly the right answer.

To quibble a little bit, computers don't manipulate numbers in the abstract, they store them in binary. (You can just say "internal representation" if you want to pretend that anyone is using a non-binary computer.)

Now I'm just getting silly. You could, technically, write code to multiply numbers by directly working on their (decimal or hex) string representations, using the grade school long-form method. It would be a million times slower, because you're emulating something the computer can do in one instruction, but you could do it.

So, once again, listen to Laurent. Put the numbers in a form the computer can work with easily, let it do its magic, then convert them back to the form you want to look at.

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