[erlang-questions] Arithmetic expressions [WAS: Re: Binaries problem]
Kostis Sagonas
kostis@REDACTED
Wed May 2 23:30:31 CEST 2007
Jim Thompson wrote:
> Kostis Sagonas wrote:
>> Jim Thompson wrote:
>
>>> Eshell V5.5.2 (abort with ^G)
>>> 1> round(math:pow(2,21))-3.
>>> 2097149
>>
>> Unrelated to the topic, but we had weird cases where the HiPE compiler
>> was crashing when compiling binaries in R11B-3. They were all related
>> to use of an expression that was similar to the one Jim is using:
>>
>> round(math:pow(2,N)) - K.
>>
>> In examining the problem, we realized that this was a very stupid way of
>> denoting this quantity. We solved the problem (in R11B-4) by adopting
>> a much better (and significantly faster) way of writing the same
>> expression in Erlang:
>>
>> (2 bsl (N-1)) - K
>>
>> I suspect this "round + math:pow(2)" combination is not so uncommon
>> after all ... although there is really no reason to use it.
>
> I am an Erlang newbie, and therefore stupid. Ignore what I say, or type.
But this is exactly the opposite of my point!
My point was that even very seasoned Erlang programmers instinctively
write the expression "round + math:pow(2)" instead of that with 'bsl'
first. No idea why this is so, but I found it extremely interesting
that I've run across this expression twice in such a short period of
time. I am sure you and us (the HiPE group) are not its only users.
Cheers,
Kostis
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