Robert Cummings wrote:
On Thu, 2009-05-07 at 21:45 -0700, Michael A. Peters wrote:
Michael A. Peters wrote:
I'm having a problem with db2 and prepared statements.
var_dump indicates that some variables that should be type int are type text.

These variables are the output of bcmath equations, and are integer.

Does bcmath for some reason output a text type?

I can fix it by adding 0 but I want to know if I'm using bcmath incorrectly.

LOL - I would like to know if bcmath is suppose to return int (I'm guessing yes so it can deal with numbers outside of fp math) but I don't think that was the issue.

$foo[] = Array($var1,$var2)

was my problem ... notice the [] ;)

From the documentation at:

We see that bcadd has the prototype:

    string bcadd ( string $left_operand , string $right_operand [, int
$scale ] )

See the "string", that's because it takes strings and returns strings.
The reason why is in the description:

    Add two arbitrary precision numbers

That arbitrary part rules out integers or even floats since they are
fixed width datatypes (fixed width with respect to the number of bits
available to represent them). It may not be the case with what your
doing, but with large enough (positive or negative numbers), or numbers
with sufficient decimal places) you WILL lose precision by converting to
a real integer or floating point value.

If you don't need "arbitrary" precision functionality, then don't use
the bcxxx() functions since they are MUCH slower than doing normal math.

I started using them because there were a few cases where normal operations caused imprecision in unit conversions. With bcmath I could specify extra precision and then round to the precision I needed as the last step. Maybe there's a better way to do it but it solved the problem.

I probably don't need them in this case, I can just round down the result to get the integer result, but the use is so small that the performance hit probably isn't worth changing them and pushing it through testing again.

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