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From Noah Slater <nsla...@tumbolia.org>
Subject Re: Silent corruption of large numbers
Date Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:46:20 GMT

On 11 Nov 2009, at 00:23, Roger Binns wrote:

> As a developer past practise has trained me that integers are exact  
> and
> floating point is approximate (also "fast" and "slow"  
> respectively).  Other
> than some older BASICs, Javascript is the first time in ages to come  
> across
> a language that doesn't have integers, and representing everything  
> as float.
>
> I looked up a few Javascript tutorials and didn't find a single one  
> stating
> that all numbers are stored as float.  In most cases they deliberately
> distinguish between integers and floating point as two different  
> types.
> Integers can have leading 0x/0 to specify hex/octal whereas floating  
> point
> cannot is why they seem to make the distinction.

What difference does it make? An integer will never be "corrupted"  
into anything other than the original value. The only real problem is  
when trying to deal with decimals, as they will be "corrupted" to the  
nearest representable value in floating point. Right? What am I missing.

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