Python supports operation on bits.
Here are some of Python's bitwise expression operators at work performing bitwise shift and Boolean operations on integers:
x = 1 # 1 decimal is 0001 in bits y = x << 2 # Shift left 2 bits: 0100 print( y ) print( x | 2 ) # Bitwise OR (either bit=1): 0011 print( x & 1 ) # Bitwise AND (both bits=1): 0001 # w w w . j a v a2 s . c om
In the first expression, a binary 1 (in base 2, 0001) is shifted left two slots to create a binary 4 (0100).