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    Default FLOATING POINT DATA TYPE

    WHEN WILL THERE BE SUPPORT FOR FLOATING POINT DATA TYPES. pLEASE MAKE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MANAGE THIS DATA TYPE.

    HUBERT

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    Default RE: FLOATING POINT DATA TYPE

    Hubert,
    I've pondered your question for several days and have not arrived at an answer because I really don't understand the question. What is it you want that Alpha cannot do?
    Ohlen

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    Default RE: FLOATING POINT DATA TYPE

    Ohlen,

    The data that we capture in the lab often is represented in scientific notation that can't be represented in a decimal form. The numeric data type with decimal places does not have the dynamic range nor precision of the C++ "double", an 8 bit variable containing 1 sign bit, 11 bits for exponents and a 52 bit mantissa. Our data collection facilities (written in C++) spits out this kind of data and I would like to capture in the database in it's native format.

    In the new definition of dbase version 7, there is a field type Float (06).

    Hubert

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