Hi, brand new beginner here. I see references to carets here and there, and I’m baffled. One meaning seems to be the XOR bit-wise operator, OK, I get that. But another seems to have something to do with editing capabilities, maybe around multiple cursors
In the context of programming, the word caret usually refers to the character
In Python, this is the bitwise XOR operator:
>>> bin(0b1111 ^ 0b0101) '0b1010'
Thanks Jean Abou - somehow my post got sent before I completed it. Besides the ‘^’ symbol, and it’s bitwise XOR operator, there are also uses of the word ‘caret’ to mean something about IDE’s/editors with ‘multiple cursor’ capabilities. For example, I’m using PyCharm (love it!), and I noticed a Tip Of The Day about moving carets. Also see:
It seems to refer to some sort of cursors? I’m asking because maybe if I understood it I could improve my productivity… thanks all, paul
A caret is the proofreading symbol
‸ used to show where something is to be inserted into text. Interestingly, the word also has two newer meanings:
- "the symbol
^" from the form of
‸– a V, pointing upwards
- “text cursor” from the meaning of
‸– “insert here”
In the PyCharm documentation you linked, “caret” just means “cursor”.
Thanks Petr - as usual, I was overthinking - just a good ole cursor. Sounds like some pretty cool kingfu with these IDE’s that can do multiple cursors - gotta learn about that!