any easy way to exchange 2 variables' value in JS

    Nov 13 2006 | 10:51 am
    hi all,
    is there any easy way to exchange 2 variables' value in JavaScript?
    something like this in python.
    a,b = b,a
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    • Nov 13 2006 | 1:23 pm
      On 13 Nov 2006, at 10:51, Kim Han Shin wrote:
      > is there any easy way to exchange 2 variables' value in JavaScript?
      Leaving aside the obvious temp variable approach, when I was young and computers had not very much memory at all, this one had a certain cachet:
      a = a ^ b b = a ^ b a = a ^ b
      nick rothwell -- composition, systems, performance -- http://
    • Nov 13 2006 | 1:28 pm
      Well sorry if i'm stating the obvious but using a 3rd variable would work. If you do not want to use a third one,
      a = a + b b = a - b a = a - b
      would work in three steps.
    • Nov 13 2006 | 4:32 pm
    • Nov 13 2006 | 5:19 pm
      Hmm, I have no idea about the speed comparisons between programming languages, but as far as I know, ability to call for swapping two variables in a single line does not necessarily mean that it is going to be interperetad and executed faster. It's just the way you tell things to compiler/interpreter, and does not give clues about speed I think. Single line of swapping code could take longer or shorter to execute. Speed is not releated to that.
      It takes longer to write that code anyways. If that is the issue.
    • Nov 15 2006 | 12:30 am
      On 13-Nov-2006, at 17:32, Kim Han Shin wrote:
      > i know it works but using tuple type in python is more simple and > elegant: just one step.
      Over and above Batuhan's very correct point, it is worth mentioning that Python, JS, and even message-passing in plain-vanilla Max have far, far more overhead than any of the code snippets listed in this thread.
      Nick's catchy code disassembles on PPC to
      xor r30,r30,r29 xor r29,r30,r29 xor r30,r30,r29
      and the more standard swap-with-temp-var disassembles to
      mr r28,r30 mr r30,r29 mr r29,r28
      Either way it's very few cycles, your Python code will not be faster than that. Sending a message through a patch cord is many times the number of cycles.
      If it's typing and transparency you're concerned about, write a Swap method/function.
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