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Nicholas Clark
October 15, 2021 14:34
Re: PSC #040(?) - Perl SV Flags special
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On Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 10:18:36AM -0400, Dan Book wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 4:03 AM Nicholas Clark <> wrote:
> > I'm not sure that we can push this to distinguishing between "started as an
> > integer literal" vs "started a floating point", *and* I'm not sure if we
> > need to. The big problem we're trying to solve here is correctly generating
> > formats such as JSON and YAML that *are* sensitive to strings vs numbers,
> > and I didn't think that they (or their other-language consumers) were
> > sensitive to "what sort of a number is it?"
> >
> I can't speak to the others, but JSON does distinguish integers and floats;
> some implementations have deigned to preserve roundtripping NVs with a
> trailing '.0' though there are a couple problems with this. Perl NVs pop
> into existence at some unexpected times, such as the result of 2**2. And
> this isn't as important IME as creating, say, a JSON document with boolean
> values.

Oh my. How does (or "can?") Javascript itself manage to roundtrip JSON like

How to implement C<**> in perl to return integers for integer input wasn't
obvious, given that the C library builtins are pow (and also powl these

Hence it kept its pre-5.8.0 behaviour of always returning an NV.
It's consistent.

If there's a good way to do it in (or close to) O(1) for integers, I'd
love to know.

Nicholas Clark

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