Re: converting hex strings

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• Subject: [mg27434] Re: converting hex strings
• From: "Paul Lutus" <nospam at nosite.com>
• Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 20:55:37 -0500 (EST)
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<maarten.vanderburgt at icos.be> wrote in message
news:97a7b2\$aks at smc.vnet.net...
> Hallo,
>
> I have a list of hexadecimal strings (read from a hex string text file):
> e.g. {"01a0", "fffe", "0080"} representing integers.
> How can I convert such a list to integers so that I get {416, 4094, 128}?
> I cannot make a function using something like
>
> hextoint = 16^^#&
>
> or
>
> hextoin = 16^^ToExpression[#]&
>
> I get errors like below:
>
> In[44]:= hexstr = "a1b0"
>          t = ToExpression[hexstr];
>          16^^t
> General::"digit": "Digit at position \!\(1\) in \!\(\"t\"\) is too large
to
> \
> be used in base \!\(16\)."
>
> Where does this error come from?
>
> While this works ok:
> In[43]:= 16^^a1b0
> Out[43]= 41392
>
> The ToExpression[ ] also would give problems: ToExpression["01a0"] returns
> 0.
>
> Has anyone done anything along these lines?

I think this will do it for you:

myhex[x_String] := Module[
{str},
str = StringJoin["16^^",x];
ToExpression[str]
];

data = {"01a0","fffe","0080"};

Map[myhex,data]

{416,65534,128}

> How would I have to convert a hex list representing floats (IEEE floating
> point standard)?, e.g. {"42c8000", "3dfcd35b", "bf80000"} which should
> convert to {100.0, 0.12345, -1.0} in a decimal notation.

I think that will be much more difficult -- it will require a full grasp of
the IEEE specification within the converter code.

--
Paul Lutus
www.arachnoid.com

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