[issue1205239] Let shift operators take any integer value
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Wed Jan 27 01:38:47 CET 2010
Craig McQueen <python at craig.mcqueen.id.au> added the comment:
Thanks, good points. I'm thinking with a C background and the fixed-width data types. The 0xFF could be needed if the data_byte is actually a larger number and you need to ensure only the lowest 8 bits are set. Or, if there is some sign-extending going on with the right-shift. That could happen in Python if the user passed a negative 'crc' in to the function (for whatever reason).
Yes, I'm missing a final mask. Thanks for pointing that out. I was thinking like a C programmer!
As for crc << 8 >> crc_width... the 'crc << 8' could bump an integer into long territory, making calculations slower. E.g.:
>>> 2**23 << 8 >> 16
>>> 2**23 >> (16 - 8)
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