Re: #fst4 packtext77 / mp_short_ops subroutines #FST4


Thank Joe and Steve.
My language of choice,  PowerBasic, has a number of commands that make life a bit easier for that sort of thing.  Not having to worry about endian matters it turned out, after a bit of playing around with pen and paper as to how we actually DO long multiplication, as a nice elegant bit of code 

This routine takes in two byte values A and B and calculates the sum
C = C * A + B.   C is expressed as a string of '1's and '0's . A and B can be 0 - 255.   Basic and all its derivatives does string handling very well, so I use this method to handle long binary words rather than Fortran's and C's use of arrays
The BIN$(number) and  VAL("&B" & string$) handle the conversions to and from numbers

Variables without an identifier type are 32 bit integer, $ means string, and ? means a byte variable.    This being able to allocate variable types on the fly is why I prefer Basic over other programming languages.   However, after many hours of poring over Fortran 90 listings, I've gained a great appreciation of that language too.
Don't like C - horrible language.

SUB LongMac(a? , b? , c$)       'C = C * A + B    C represented by string of '1/0's
    nb = LEN(c$)/8                        'nb = Number of bytes, LEN(c$) must be a multiple of 8
    acc = b?
    FOR z = nb TO 1 STEP -1
        acc = acc + a? * VAL("&B" & MID$(c$, z * 8 - 7 , 8))    'get the next byte into accumulator, starting at lowest
        MID$(c$, z * 8 - 7 , 8) = BIN$(acc AND &hFF, 8)     'Replace lowest byte
        SHIFT RIGHT acc, 8                                  'Place MSBs ready for adding in next byte
    NEXT z
END SUB       

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