swap two integer variables

Hi there,

while learning for my „Applied Computer Science“ test with algorithms and data structures I found some funny thing :-)

Changing the content of two variables is mostly done by a temporary variable.

Stand back (in memory of xkcd’s regex comic) – this is not necessary anymore.

Wikipedia shows us this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XOR_swap_algorithm

So just do a:
x ^= y;
y ^= x;
x ^= y;

(Also worth reading: http://prabhagovind.wordpress.com/2007/02/09/3-ways-to-swap-variables-without-temp-variable).

But stop! This is not really obvisious but can be easily red. So for bonus points you can use the following oneliner:


Have fun :-)

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