Bitwise Logic To Make Values Negative

Kevin Feasel

2018-05-25

T-SQL

David Fowler is working with arcane magic:

The short answer to the question is to simply apply a bitwise NOT to the number that you want to convert and add 1 to the result.  I wrote about bitwise logic in The Arcane Science of Bitwise Logic and SQL Server but didn’t mention the bitwise NOT.

If you want to apply a bitwise NOT to a value, simply use the ~

Give it a go, try converting 10 to a negative,

SELECT ~ 10 + 1

The result, -10.

One of my rules of thumb (given how many I have, I need more thumbs) is that if you’re using bitwise logic in SQL Server, something has likely gone wrong somewhere along the way.  But read David’s explanation, which is quite clear.

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