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From: Greg Colvin (Gregory.Colvin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-12-17 16:00:14

At 01:34 PM 12/17/2002, Greg Colvin wrote:
>At 09:47 AM 12/17/2002, you wrote:
>>I hope it is permissible to ask a mp question.
>>I'd like to have a template parameter is an int. If represents an
>>arithmetic shift of an integral value. If the parameter is positive
>>I'd like to shift left, and if negative shift right.
>>Is it feasible to implement something like this? Any hints?
> template <typename T, typename U> T shift(T val, U bits) {
> if (bits > 0)
> return val >> bits;
> else if (bits < 0)
> return val << -bits;
> else
> return val;
> }

Sorry, I misunderstood the question. The following is
simpler than Daniel's solution, but counts on the
compiler optimizing away the unreachable paths.

   template <int bits, typename T> T shift(T val) {
      if (bits > 0)
         return val >> bits;
      else if (bits < 0)
         return val << -bits;
         return val;

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