Subject RE: [ib-support] 3 * 1/3 = 0 ???
Author Wilson, Fred
Well, you'll be happy to know, that on FB1.0, using QuickDesk


Best regards,
Fred Wilson
SE, Bell & Howell

-----Original Message-----
From: rogervellacott [mailto:rvellacott@...]
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 7:07 AM
Subject: [ib-support] 3 * 1/3 = 0 ???

I always thought this was true

(1/3)*3 = 1

But Interbase and Firebird (and probably all the other RDBMSs) say
this equals 0.



I know there was some discussion of this on this group some time ago,
and no doubt some convincing explanations were given, but I am a
simple soul, and the more I try to cope with it, the more obviously
wrong it is.

Did you know that

1/3.00 = 0.33
1.00/3 = 0.33

You might think this was a useful way of rounding. But no,
3.333333/1.00 = 3.33333300
so unless you have already determined how many decimal places there
are in every element of your formula, you cannot know how many
decimal places there will be in the answer.

In my view, this behaviour invites errors. Not only is it
unintuitive, it gives the wrong answers to simple calculations, and
unpredictable answers to complex calculations, and that is not a good

Any chance of changing it next version? If integer operations are
desired, how about a div? Please don't tell me that current
behaviour is good. It isn't.

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