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Caesar shift in JavaScript
/*
JavaScript Caesar shift
by Evan Hahn (evanhahn.com)
"Encrypt" like this:
caesarShift('Attack at dawn!', 12); // Returns "Mffmow mf pmiz!"
And "decrypt" like this:
caesarShift('Mffmow mf pmiz!', -12); // Returns "Attack at dawn!"
For simplicity, only works with ASCII characters.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
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*/
var caesarShift = function (str, amount) {
// Wrap the amount
if (amount < 0) {
return caesarShift(str, amount + 26);
}
// Make an output variable
var output = "";
// Go through each character
for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++) {
// Get the character we'll be appending
var c = str[i];
// If it's a letter...
if (c.match(/[a-z]/i)) {
// Get its code
var code = str.charCodeAt(i);
// Uppercase letters
if (code >= 65 && code <= 90) {
c = String.fromCharCode(((code - 65 + amount) % 26) + 65);
}
// Lowercase letters
else if (code >= 97 && code <= 122) {
c = String.fromCharCode(((code - 97 + amount) % 26) + 97);
}
}
// Append
output += c;
}
// All done!
return output;
};
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@ghost ghost commented Dec 8, 2016

Thanks, just what I was looking to build

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@dev-mtshikomba dev-mtshikomba commented Apr 17, 2017

Just what i needed, thanks!

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@Erbolking Erbolking commented Jan 25, 2018

You make my day! Thanks a lot!

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@sanketsingh27 sanketsingh27 commented Mar 11, 2018

I did not understood this expression
"((code - 65 + amount) % 26) + 65)" on line no 76 can you help me out.
thanks for giving me time .

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@embed0 embed0 commented Mar 25, 2018

You want to move it to the left by 65 so A is no code 65 but 0 so you have
0 A
1 B
2 C ...
so then you can easily go to the begining of alphabet when you go past 25th letter which has code 90 - Z (when moved to the left by 65 it's code is 25)
But then at the end you have to add again this 65 so you have your letter code and not the position in alphabet.

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@DaNgLiN DaNgLiN commented Feb 28, 2019

Thanks man You save me

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@3nuc 3nuc commented Mar 10, 2019

Or in ES:

const caesar = (text, shift) => {
  return String.fromCharCode(
    ...text.split('').map(char => ((char.charCodeAt() - 97 + shift) % 26) + 97),
  );
};
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@alimertcakar alimertcakar commented Jun 12, 2020

I did not understood this expression
"((code - 65 + amount) % 26) + 65)" on line no 76 can you help me out.
thanks for giving me time .

There is only 26 characters in ascii, if you don't mod encrypt string by 26, encyrpted string will fall outside ascii range. for example ç => % or z = İ etc.
If you mod it by 26, encrypted string will be only ascii too, so it is guarentied it'll be human-readable. If you don't care about human readability of encrypted string, you may take it as optional.

const caesar = (text, shift) => {
  return String.fromCharCode(
    ...text.split('').map(char => (char.charCodeAt() + shift)),
  );
};

Btw, 65 and 95 is for ascii range of lowercase and uppercase characters.

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@EvanHahn EvanHahn commented Jun 14, 2020

@alimertcakar Good point. I've added a comment mentioning that this is ASCII-only.

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@Hmekus Hmekus commented Jul 12, 2020

I understand all of this, but why should i divide by 26? I considered manually, some garbage comes out.

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