[erlang-patches] [patch] binary to/from integer

Robert Virding <>
Fri Jan 11 13:09:48 CET 2013


I missed the beginning of this discussion but is it supposed to do

list_to_binary(integer_to_list(I))?

If so I fail to see a pressing need.

Robert

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Anthony Ramine" <>
> To: "Bob Ippolito" <>
> Cc: "erlang patches" <>
> Sent: Friday, 11 January, 2013 11:42:45 AM
> Subject: Re: [erlang-patches] [patch] binary to/from integer
> 
> I disagree. Making it the big endian encoding of that integer is
> something
> that is already covered by OTP (binary:encode_unsigned/1 and its
> friends),
> and as you say, it's a *encoding* operation, not a type conversion.
> Naming
> this new BIF "integer_to_binary" isn't more confusing than
> "atom_to_binary".
> 
> --
> Anthony Ramine
> 
> Le 10 janv. 2013 à 23:13, Bob Ippolito a écrit :
> 
> > The purpose of integer_to_binary still isn't totally obvious from
> > the name or output type, maybe it's digits, maybe it's the big
> > endian encoding of that integer (which is closer to the behavior
> > of binary_to_term / term_to_binary). For the more seasoned Erlang
> > developer, I think they would expect it to behave like
> > integer_to_string, but what about newer users?
> 
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