All Your Base
All Your Base

All Your Base



Convert a number, represented as a sequence of digits in one base, to any other base.

Implement general base conversion. Given a number in base a, represented as a sequence of digits, convert it to base b.


  • Try to implement the conversion yourself. Do not use something else to perform the conversion for you.

About Positional Notation

In positional notation, a number in base b can be understood as a linear combination of powers of b.

The number 42, in base 10, means:

(4 _ 10^1) + (2 _ 10^0)

The number 101010, in base 2, means:

(1 _ 2^5) + (0 _ 2^4) + (1 _ 2^3) + (0 _ 2^2) + (1 _ 2^1) + (0 _ 2^0)

The number 1120, in base 3, means:

(1 _ 3^3) + (1 _ 3^2) + (2 _ 3^1) + (0 _ 3^0)

I think you got the idea!

Yes. Those three numbers above are exactly the same. Congratulations!

WebAssembly-specific Notes

The function signature for the WebAssembly export convert is as follows:

(func (export "convert")
    (param $arrOffset i32)
    (param $arrLength i32)
    (param $inputBase i32)
    (param $outputBase i32)
    (result i32 i32 i32)

The first two parameters $arrOffset and $arrLength express the base offset and length of an array of 32-bit signed integers. The length parameter is sized in number of elements in the array, not bytes. Prior to calling this function, the caller writes this array into the WebAssembly linear memory beginning at offset $arrOffset. WebAssembly linear memory is always expressed in little-endian.

Thus the caller would thus encoded the array [1,2] as the following eight byte sequence.

| 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 |
| ---- arr[0] ----- | ---- arr[1] ----- |

The parameters $inputBase and $outputBase do not involve linear memory.

The result type is (i32 i32 i32). The first two values are the offset and length of your output in linear memory. If you so choose, you may overwrite the addresses of linear memory used for the input. The third return value is an i32 status code used for error handling.

If the third return value expresses an error state, the unit tests do not read the first two return values.

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