using hex number to count in the For loop

Discussion in 'Programmer's Corner' started by gary1wang, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. gary1wang

    Thread Starter Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Hi Guys

    I am trying to to wrtie a value in a 32 bit register using a for loop as shown example below.

    do i define the counter as

    int counter=1;

    or int counter= 0x00000001

    or there is another way to define a variable in hex;

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <LPC23xx.H>
    #define A 0xffffffff
    int main(void)
    int counter;
    int counter1=A;
    for( counter=0; counter<A; counter++)


    for( counter1=A; counter>0; counter--)


  2. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    This is a common confusion with newcomers.

    Numbers on a computer are always stored in binary.
    It does not matter how you write it. I will be converted into binary by the compiler.

    A = 12;
    A = 0b1100;
    A = 0x0C;

    all give the same result.

    If you are creating a 32-bit unsigned integer, you should use the correct data type, such as

    uint32_t counter;

    If this is not recognized by your compiler, then you should create it:

    typedef unsigned long int uint32_t;

    There are only 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  3. vpoko

    Active Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    As MrChips said, the base that you choose to represent your number in is unimportant. Every integer has a cardinality that doesn't change regardless of the base (which makes sense, if you get a dozen donuts, you still have the same number of donuts whether you choose to write it as "12 donuts", "0xC donuts" or "b1100 donuts"). You're welcome to use any base supported by the compiler, including in a for loop, but you don't gain any extra functionality from doing it.