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Swap 2 variables without temporary variables?

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This is the solution:

#include <stdio.h>

void swap(int *x, int *y){
  *x -= *y;
  *y += *x;
  *x  = (*y - *x);

int main(){
   int a = 100;
   int b = 200;
   printf("a = %dnb = %dn",a,b);
   printf("a = %dnb = %dn",a,b);
   return 0;

Written by adywicaksono

July 10, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Posted in Programming

3 Responses

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  1. Cara mas ady ini ada proses tambahan, yaitu 2x substraction dan 1x addition.
    Kl menggunakan cara dengan temporary variabel swap, tidak ada proses substraction dan addition.
    So, Process VS Memory, jika ingin proses sederhana, maka dibutuhkan memory lebih banyak, dan sebaliknya.
    Dari segi kecepatan eksekusi (meskipun tidak terasa oleh kita), menurut saya lebih cepat yg menggunakan temporary variable. Karena cuman ada proses assignment (mov). Kl addition dan substraction, selain proses assigment, ada proses aritmatika.


    July 13, 2007 at 1:19 am

  2. Be careful when using this for production code. Read this:

    addiehz is correct: this method is slower, but he was a bit wrong about the additional memory needed for the temporary variable.

    The usual method using temp variable, doesn’t require more memory, because the compiler can optimize using register. Just try out creating simple swap function using temporary variable, compile with high optimization, and generate the assembler code (in gcc: gcc -O3 -S swap.c).


    July 14, 2007 at 8:28 am

  3. ups.. nyasar di sini.. ga tau masalah memori-memori an se.. tp stidaknya dah nyoba ndobrak doktrin selama ini.. hehehe…


    July 15, 2007 at 2:37 pm

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