[self-interest] Unlimited integer arithmetics?

tb at becket.net tb at becket.net
Sat Aug 24 00:31:03 UTC 2002

"Viktor" <vi.ki at worldonline.cz> writes:

> No, it was not my idea. I just think that it is not necessary to hardwire
> unlimited arithmetics into language and VM, because for nearly every
> practical work is 64-bits enough. When user wants unlimited precision, then
> will use some library.

What you've missed is that the *exact* thing necessary is that the
user interface is neutral about integer size.

> Because I should implement it in VM, if it is a standard, and I am too lazy.
> That's true reason. 64-bit integers are much more easy for me.

You seem quite ignorant of how this is usually done in Scheme or Lisp;
Smalltalk has a different but equally workable strategy.

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