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Le 22 Sep 2006 à 00:53, Rici Lake a écrit :

On 21-Sep-06, at 5:01 PM, David Jones wrote:

Le 21 Sep 2006 à 21:28, Rici Lake a écrit :

Regardless of bitwise operators, I would vote strongly in favour
of an integer divide operator, to go along with 5.1's remainder (%)
operator. At the risk of alienating C++ programmers, I'd suggest
that integer divide be spelled "//". It's precise definition
would be:  a // b ==>  (a - a%b) / b

Lispers would ask for floor, ceiling, truncate, and round as well. Funny how no-one ever wants round-away-from 0, could be called "inflate" perhaps?

In Lua, % is defined as "the remainder of the division that rounds the quotient towards minus infinity".

Yes I know, I thank the Lua designers every time I use % that they defined it to Do The Right Thing. Unlike C.


floor: a // 1
ceiling: -(a // -1)
round: (a + .5) // 1

(I don't have a good one for truncate, without using abs and sign).

Still, I think // is pretty generally useful.

Yup so do I. Btw in Lisp those functions can take 2 arguments and do divisions.

And round does IEEE style rounding. Not the easy-to-implement biased style.

But as you point out, you can define integer divide, floor as Lisp calls it, yourself.