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From:Paul DuBois Date:August 14 1999 3:09pm
Subject:Re: request
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At 4:49 PM +0300 8/14/99, Tonu Samuel wrote:
>Paradox wrote:
>> I request that the developers of MySQL implement some sort of special type
>> of field that can be used to store currency up to 4 digits precision
>> (specified in field definition) exactly, using a BIGINT shifted a number of
>> digits, so that it doesn't have to be stored unpacked and thus things like
>> Sum() or ORDER BY go
>> faster. (I assume when you order by or sum an unpacked decimal field you
>> have to make a billion calls to strtol). This saves the trouble of having to
>> do a billion *100, /100 in SQL statements, thanks.
>  But why the other type like DECIMAL or FLOAT don't work for you?

I suspect he's thinking along the lines that since DECIMAL is represented
as a string, it's less efficient to deal with than a type represented
numerically, and that FLOAT is subject to rounding error.

Can you address the question in terms of these concerns?

Paul DuBois, paul@stripped
requestParadox14 Aug
  • Re: requestTonu Samuel14 Aug
    • Re: requestPaul DuBois14 Aug
  • Re: requestParadox15 Aug
    • Re: requestPaul DuBois15 Aug
  • Re: requestParadox15 Aug
  • Re: requestTonu Samuel15 Aug
  • Re: requestScott Hess16 Aug
  • Re: requestParadox16 Aug
    • Re: requestMichael Widenius21 Aug
RE: requestRichard Schilling16 Aug