C/C++ Tricky Programs

We may come across various tricky programs in our day to day life. May be in technical interviews, coding tests, or in C/C++ classrooms.
Here is a list of such programs :-

  1. Print text within double quotes (” “).
    This may seem easy but beginners may get puzzled while printing text within double quotes.

    // CPP program to print double quotes
    #include<iostream>
      
    int main()
    {
       std::cout << "\"geeksforgeeks\"";
       return 0;

    Output:

    "geeksforgeeks"
    
  2. To check if two numbers are equal without using arithmetic operators or comparison operators.
    The simplest solution for this is using Bitwise XOR operator (^). We know that, for two equal numbers XOR operator returns 0. We will use this trick to solve this problem.

    // C program to check if two numbers are equal 
    // without using arithmetic operators or 
    // comparison operators
    #include<stdio.h>
      
    int main()
    {
       int x = 10;
       int y = 10;
       if ( !(x ^ y) )
          printf(" x is equal to y ");
       else 
          printf(" x is not equal to y ");
       return 0;
    }

    Output:



    x is equal to y
    
  3. Print all natural numbers upto N without using semi-colon.
    We use the idea of recursively calling main function.

    // CPP program to print all natural numbers upto 
    // N without using semi-colon
    #include<iostream>
      
    using namespace std;
    int N = 10;
      
    int main()
    {
      static int x = 1;
      if (cout << x << " " && x++ < N && main())
      { }
      return 0;
    }

    Output:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 
    
  4. Program to find Maximum and minimum of two numbers without using any loop or condition.
    The simplest trick is-

    // CPP program to find maximum and minimum of
    // two numbers without using loop and any
    // condition.
    #include<bits/stdc++.h>
      
    int main ()
    {
       int a = 15, b = 20;
       printf("max = %d\n", ((a + b) + abs(a - b)) / 2);
       printf("min = %d", ((a + b) - abs(a - b)) / 2);
       return 0;
    }

    Output:

    max = 20
    min = 15
    
  5. Print the maximum value of an unsigned int using One’s Compliment (~) Operator in C.
    Here is a trick to find maximum value of an unsigned int using one’s compliment operator:

    // C program to print maximum value of
    // unsigned int.
    #include<stdio.h>
      
    int main()
    {
       unsigned int max;
       max = 0;
       max = ~max;
       printf("Max value : %u ",  max);
      return 0;
    }    

  6. To find sum of two integers without using ‘+’ operator.
    This is a very easy mathematics trick.
    We know that a + b = – (-a-b). So this will work as a trick for us.

    // CPP program to print sum of two integers
    // withtout +
    #include<iostream>
      
    using namespace std;
    int main()
    {
      int a = 5;
      int b = 5;
      int sum = -( -a-b );
      cout << sum;
      return 0;
    }

    Output:

    10
    
  7. Program to verifies the condition inside if block.
    // CPP program to verifies the condition inside if block
    // It just verifies the condition inside if block, 
    // i.e., cout << "geeks" which returns a non-zero value, 
    // !(non-zero value) is false, hence it executes else
    // Hence technically it only executes else block 
    #include<iostream>
      
    using namespace std;
    int main()
    {
        if (!(cout << "geeks")) 
        cout <<" geeks "
        else
        cout << "forgeeks ";
          
        return 0;
    }

    Output:

    geeksforgeeks
    
  8. Program to divide an integer by 4 without using ‘/’ operator.
    One of the most efficient way to divide an integer by 4 is to use right shift operator (“>>”).

    // CPP program to divide a number by 4
    // without using '/'
    #include<iostream>
      
    using namespace std;
    int main()
    {
       int n = 4;
       n = n >> 2;
       cout << n;
       return 0;
    }  

    Output:

    1
    
  9. Program to check endianness of the computer.
    // C program to find if machine is little
    // endian or big endian.
    #include <stdio.h>
      
    int main() 
    {
       unsigned int n = 1;
       char *c = (char*)&n;
       if (*c)    
           printf("LITTLE ENDIAN");
       else
           printf("BIG ENDIAN");
       return 0;
    }

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