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digitalmars.D - Re: dmd warning request: warn for bitwise OR in conditional

bearophile Wrote:

 We've been bitten by the following bug recently in C code:
      uint flag = 0x1;
      uint flags;
      if (flags | flag) {
 The programmer intended &.
 It is (almost?) always an error to use | in a conditional.

Why do you think it's almost always an error? I have seen more than one time a related bug in C code (once written by me and other times written by other people): if (foo & bar) {... instead of: if (foo && bar) {... To avoid this kind of bug you can disallow integers in conditionals (requiring something like a ! or == 0 to turn an integral value in a boolean) as Java (and partially Pascal), or you can remove the && || from the language and replace them with "and" and "or", so it becomes easy to tell them apart from bitwise operators. I like the second way. Bye, bearophile

The difference between those two use cases is that (a & b) is commonly used to check if a bit has been set. (a | b) yields the same result as (a || b) when used in a conditional. Is there any valid use for (a | b) as a 'truth' value? Daniel
Jan 22 2010