Ruby - Bitwise AND operator

The Bitwise AND operator (&) is a binary operator which takes two bit patterns of equal length and performs the logical AND operation on each pair of corresponding bits. It returns 1 if both bits at the same position are 1, else returns 0.

Bit_1Bit_2Bit_1 & Bit_2
000
100
010
111

The example below describes how bitwise AND operator works:

50 & 25 returns 16

50    ->    110010  (In Binary)
& 25    ->  & 011001  (In Binary)
----        --------
16    <-    010000  (In Binary)

The code of using Bitwise AND operator (&) is given below:

x = 50
y = 25

#Bitwise AND operation
z = x & y

#Displaying the result
puts "z = #{z}"

The output of the above code will be:

z = 16

Example: Check if a number is even or odd

The last bit of an even number is always 0, whereas for an odd number it bit is always 1. For a given number n, (n & 1) returns 0 if the n is even, else returns 1.

Even Number:

50   ->    110010  (In Binary)
& 1   ->  & 000001  (In Binary)
----       --------
0   <-    000000

Odd Number:

99   ->    1100011  (In Binary)
& 1   ->  & 0000001  (In Binary)
----       ---------
1   <-    0000001

The below code checks whether a given number is even or odd:

def CheckEven(myNum)
if ((myNum & 1) == 1)
puts "#{myNum}  is an odd number."
else
puts "#{myNum} is an even number."
end
end

CheckEven(50)
CheckEven(99)

The above code will give the following output:

50 is an even number.
99 is an odd number.

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