Programing: Are int, float, long, double, Side-Effects of Computer Engineering?

Xah Lee wrote: Programing: Why Idiomatic Programing Are Bad. Quote:

… One easy way to measure it is whether a programer can read and understand a program without having to delve into its idiosyncrasies. …

Chris Angelico wrote:

Neither the behavior of ints nor the behavior of IEEE floating point is a “quirk” or an “idiosyncracy”. …

They are computer engineering by-products. Are quirks and idiosyncracies. Check out a advanced lang such as Mathematica. There, one can learn how the mathematical concept of integer or real number are implemented in a computer language, without lots by-products of comp engineering as in vast majority of langs (all those that chalks up to some IEEEEEEE. (which, sadly, includes C, C++, perl, python, lisp, and almost all. (Common/Scheme lisp idiots speak of the jargon “number tower” instead IEEEE.) (part of the reason almost all langs stick to some IEEEEEEEE stuff is because it's kinda standard, and everyone understand it, in the sense that unix RFC (aka really fucking common) is wide-spread because its free yet technically worst. (in a sense, when everybody's stupid, there arise a cost to not be stupid.)))).

A friend asked:

Can you enlighten us as to Mathematica's way of handling numbers, either by a post or a link to suitable documentation? …

read more at http://xahlee.org/comp/int_long_float_double_pests.html

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