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Re^3: Calculating base difference of numbers

by friedo (Prior)
on May 30, 2008 at 20:05 UTC ( #689329=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Calculating base difference of numbers
in thread Calculating base difference of numbers

I don't understand why you can't simply use subtraction, regardless of the decimal truncation in either of the operands.

You're going to end up with some floating-point drift anyway; perhaps it would be a good idea to drop the decimal points and treat everything as integers, then divide by 10n when it's time to display the number to the user. (This is the recommended way of doing currency calculations so floating point error doesn't mess with your cents.)

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