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convert/bytes

convert between strings and lists of integers

 Calling Sequence convert(expr, bytes)

Parameters

 expr - string, symbol, list of integers, or floating point value

Description

 • convert, with second argument 'bytes', converts a string first argument into list of integers giving the byte values of the characters within the string.
 • If the first argument is a symbol (i.e. a simple name) and that symbol has not been assigned a value, it is treated as if it were a string.
 • Passing a list of integers as the first argument will produce a string consisting of the characters corresponding to the integers in the list. If the list contains a zero value, the string is truncated at that point.
 • A hardware floating point first argument is converted to a list of values corresponding to the 8-byte internal IEEE representation of the value.
 • A software floating point value is first converted to hardware floating point, and then converted to a list as described above.

Examples

 > convert("Test string", 'bytes');
 $\left[{84}{,}{101}{,}{115}{,}{116}{,}{32}{,}{115}{,}{116}{,}{114}{,}{105}{,}{110}{,}{103}\right]$ (1)
 > convert([65,66,67], 'bytes');
 ${"ABC"}$ (2)

An integer outside the range 1..255 appearing in the list truncates the conversion to a string at that point.

 > convert([65,66,0,67], 'bytes');
 ${"AB"}$ (3)
 > convert([77,97,112,108,101,0,49,48],'bytes');
 ${"Maple"}$ (4)
 > convert(1.23,bytes);
 $\left[{63}{,}{243}{,}{174}{,}{20}{,}{122}{,}{225}{,}{71}{,}{174}\right]$ (5)
 > convert(HFloat(-infinity),bytes);
 $\left[{255}{,}{240}{,}{0}{,}{0}{,}{0}{,}{0}{,}{0}{,}{0}\right]$ (6)