# Arithmetic & Logical Expressions

Oxygene allows the use of *operators* to create comparisons, arithmetic expressions and logic expressions. The language has well-defined set of operators for these scenarios, but Types can provide custom *implementations* for operators, using a technique called Custom Operators, a.k.a. Operator Overloading.

## Comparisons

Supported Operators: `=`

, `≠`

, `<`

, `≤`

, `>`

, `≥`

(and `<=`

, `>=`

, `<>`

)

The above operators can be used to compare two operands for equality, non-equality and sort order.

For types that to not provide a custom equality and/or non-equality operator implementation, `=`

and `≠`

will compare the object reference (i.e. identity) of heap based types (such as Classes), and do a memory/value compare for stack-based types (such as Integers, Booleans, Floats, and Records).

If a custom `=`

or `≠`

operators is defined on the type of either the left or the right-hand expression, it will be called instead.

The `<`

, `≤`

, `>`

, `≥`

operators are only supported if the appropriate custom operator is implemented on one of the types.

```
var x := 5;
var y := 10;
if x ≤ 5 then ...
```

**Note** : Oxygene supports rich unicode `≤`

, `≥`

and `≠`

operators, but also, fior backwards compatibility, the double-character `<=`

, `>=`

and `<>`

spelling.

## Double Boolean Comparisons

Oxygene provides a convenient short-hand for comparing a value against two boundaries at once, via Double Boolean Comparisons. a double boolean comparisons is true only of both the first and the second hald of the expression is true. It is convenient for testing if a value falls within a range between two values:

```
var y := 10;
if 10 ≤ x ≤ 15 then
writeLn("x is between 10 and 15").
```

The above check essentially expands to

```
if (10 ≤ x) and (x ≤ 15) then.
...
```

## Arithmetic Operators

Supported Operators: `+`

, `-`

, `*`

, `/`

, `**`

, `div`

, `mod`

The above operators are used to carry out mathematical operations on two operands

`+`

evaluates to the**sum**of two values by**adding**them.`-`

evaluates to the**difference**of two values by**subtracting**them.`*`

evaluates to the**product**of two values by**multiplying**them.`/`

evaluates to the**fraction**of two values by**dividing**them.-
`**`

evaluates to the**power**of two values. -
`div`

also evaluates to the**fraction**of two values by**dividing**them, but always performs an integer division (losing the remainder) `mod`

evaluates to the**remainder**of two values left over when performing an integer division.

```
var a := 2+2; // 4
var b := 12+3; // 9
var c := 3*9; // 27
var d := 8/2; // 4
var d := 2**10; // 1024
var d := 10.0/4.0; // 2.5
var d := 10.0 div 4.0; // 2
var d := 10.0 move 4.0; // 2
```

Note that `/`

always uses the type of the input values as result type. dividing two integers will always perform an integer division, producing an integer, potentially losing the remainder. If one of the two operands is a float, the result will be a float, as well.

Also note that Oxygene will apply operator precedence (more on that below for combined expressions, according to mathematical rules (`*`

an `/`

tage precedence before `+`

and `-`

, etc).

```
var a := 5 + 10 * 2; // 25
var b := 5 + (10 * 2); // 25
var b := (5 + 10) * 2); // 30
```

## Logical Operators

Supported Operators: `and`

, `or`

, `xor`

, `not`

The above operators can be used to combine boolean expressions. `and`

, `or`

and `xor`

are binary operators, which means the take two parameters; `not`

is a unary prefix operator and takes one parameter to it's right.

`and`

returns`true`

, if**both**the expression on the left*and*the one on the right are true.`or`

returns`true`

, if**either one**of the expression on the left*or*the right is true.`xor`

returns`true`

, if**only one**of the expression on the left*or*the right is true, but not both.`not`

returns`true`

, if the value it precedes is`false`

, otherwise it returns`true`

. In other words, it**reverses**or**negates**the boolean value.

```
var a := x and y;
var b := x or y;
var c := x xor y;
var d := not x;
```

By default, Oxygene will apply Boolean Short-Circuit, where starting from the left, the compiler will stop evaluating expressions once the outcome of the expression is determined.

For example, if the left-hand side of an `and`

operation is `false`

, the result will always be `false`

. Likewise, if the left-hand side of an `or`

operation is `true`

, the result will always be `true`

. In both cases, evaluation of the right will not be evaluated at all.

## Bitwise operators

Supported Operators: `and`

, `or`

, `xor`

, `not`

The save four operators can also be used for bitwise operations on numeric (integer) values. When doing so, they apply above boolean logic on each bit of the numeric value's in-memory representation, with 0 and 1 represening `false`

or `true`

, respectively.

`and`

returns`1`

for very bit that is`1`

in**both**the expression on the left*and*the one on the right.`or`

returns`1`

, for every bit that is`1`

**either one**of the expression on the left*or*the right.`xor`

returns`1`

for every bit that is`1`

in**only one**of the expression on the left*or*the right, but not both.`not`

returns`1`

, for every bit that is`0`

, and`0`

for every bit that is one. In other words, it**inverts**the bit mask of the value.

```
var a := %0000 1100 and $0000 1010; // %0000 1000
var b := %0000 1100 or $0000 1010; // %0000 1110
var c := %0000 1100 and $0000 1010; // %1111 0110
var d := not %0000 1100 // %1111 0011
```

## Operator Precendence

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## Nesting Expressions with Parenthesis

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## Nullable Types in Expressions

Please refer to the Nullable Types In Expressions topic for some caveats when using expressions that contain potential nil `values`

. In particular, a `nil`

value anywhere in an operator expression propagates outwards, potentially turning the entire expression `nil`

. This can have some unintuitive results when working wit booleans, in particular in combination with the `not`

operator, where `not nil`

remains `nil`

. Also consider Boolean Short-Circuit.