proposed language change to int/int==float (was: PEP0238 lament)
eppstein at ics.uci.edu
Fri Jul 27 22:32:17 EDT 2001
In article <ygey9p9yf4x.fsf at asfast.com>, Lloyd Zusman <ljz at asfast.com>
> Accountants and their kin want ledgers, positions, etc. to balance to
> the penny (or centavo, or whatever is the smallest fractional currency
> in a given country). This can only be accomplished using decimal
> arithmetic ... like Bignums with implied decimal places.
> I believe that this kind of exact decimals would be very useful,
> although I agree that there should be some new way to represent these
> values (so that 0.98 in a Python program would still be considered a
The dollar sign is still unused, right?
0.98 can return a float
$0.98 can return a decimal
Or does using that character remind people too much of Perl...
David Eppstein UC Irvine Dept. of Information & Computer Science
eppstein at ics.uci.edu http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/
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