# Computer basics for welding?

## Data in the industry | Computer science

I start this series of articles and posts on binary numbers which is clearly the basis of current computer science. And therefore by consequence of Assembly. In general it is clearly ignored by developers using high level programming languages. What's in it for us, welders or industrial workers? Assembler is the base language for a large majority of welding robots. It all revolves around the unit BIT, Binary digIT and data. The data is the reason for the existence of a program, without the data, a program is useless. Playing music, communicating between two devices, activating a switch... all use data. A BIT can take two values: 0 or 1. Like the powering up of a welding machine that is either open or closed, a soldering station is either on or off. When the unit is on, its state is said to be 1 and conversely, if it is off, its state is 0. This is a convention. A byte is made up of 8 bits, so it can encode one value among 256 possible combinations (0 or 1), 2 bits will allow to encode 4 combinations (00, 01, 10, 11), i.e. 2^2. And so on, according to the formula 2^N, N being the number of bits. So one byte can encode 2^8 = 256 combinations. The weight of the bits starts at 0. The first bit will be the 0 bit, the least significant bit, LS6 cant bit) The last bit will be the N-1 bit, the most significant bit, MSb bit) The order of the bits is used to determine their value. The value of bit 0 is 20 = 1. Bit 4 has the value 2^4 = 16 Bit 8 has the value 28 = 256. It is therefore logical to order the bits starting from 0. The value of a bit is to be multiplied by its state. To find out the value of a byte, simply multiply 1 By their respective weight and add it all up. This gives the value of byte 011001016 as : 01100101b 0*2^7 + 1*246 + 1*2^5 + 0*2^4 + 0*2^3 + 1*2^2 + 0*2" 0*128 +1+64 + 1*32 + 0*16 + 0*8 + 1*4 + 0*2 + 1*1 = 99 in decimal.