## Reference.BitwiseCompoundOr History

December 18, 2011, at 04:31 PM by David Cuartielles -
Changed line 33 from:
Consequently - to set bits 0 & 1 of a variable, while leaving the rest of the variable unchanged, use the compound bitwise AND operator (|=) with the constant B00000011
to:
Consequently - to set bits 0 & 1 of a variable, while leaving the rest of the variable unchanged, use the compound bitwise OR operator (|=) with the constant B00000011
October 21, 2010, at 02:14 PM by David A. Mellis -
Changed lines 63-65 from:
* [[BitwiseCompoundAnd | &=]] (bitwise compound AND)
* [[BitwiseAnd | &]] (bitwise AND)
* [[BitwiseAnd | |]] (bitwise OR)
to:
* [[BitwiseCompoundAnd | &=]] (compound bitwise and)
* [[BitwiseAnd | &]] (bitwise and)
* [[BitwiseAnd | |]] (bitwise or)
October 21, 2010, at 02:13 PM by David A. Mellis -
!!compound bitwise OR (|=)

!!!!Description

The compound bitwise OR operator (|=) is often used with a variable and a constant to "set" (set to 1) particular bits in a variable.

!!!!Syntax:
[@
x |= y; // equivalent to x = x | y; @]

!!!!Parameters

x: a char, int or long variable\\
y: an integer constant or char, int, or long

!!!!Example:

First, a review of the Bitwise OR (|) operator
[@
0 0 1 1 operand1
0 1 0 1 operand2
----------
0 1 1 1 (operand1 | operand2) - returned result
@]
Bits that are "bitwise ORed" with 0 are unchanged, so if myByte is a byte variable,\\

myByte | B00000000 = myByte;

Bits that are "bitwise ORed" with 1 are set to 1 so:\\
myByte | B11111111 = B11111111;

Consequently - to set bits 0 & 1 of a variable, while leaving the rest of the variable unchanged, use the compound bitwise AND operator (|=) with the constant B00000011
[@
1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 variable
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 mask
----------------------
1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1

variable unchanged
bits set

@]
Here is the same representation with the variables bits replaced with the symbol x

[@
x x x x x x x x variable
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 mask
----------------------
x x x x x x 1 1

variable unchanged
bits set
@]
So if:
[@
myByte = B10101010;

myByte |= B00000011 == B10101011;
@]