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# type casting!!!

Posted on 2004-04-22
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Hi everybody,
int a=20+40.40
The answer i am getting is 60.Actually the sum of 20 and 40.40 is 60.40 but it is stored in a as 60 bcoz a is int.My question is why 60.40 is not retained while storing as float is bigger than int and type promotion should happen
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You tell the variable a to be an int. So the compiler does the assignment and stores the result 60.40 into the variable a.

Type promotion does not depend on value of variables but on the order of appearance. In that case the first constant is and int (20) and the result is an int so the compiler can cast 40.40 to int and store the sum in a.
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here the result expected is a int hence the answer is an int

tyype promotion would have occurred if you had

int b = 20;
float c = 40.40 ;
float a = b + c ;

in this case the integer "b" gets promoted to a float
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The promotion needs to be done on order and not on value because the compiler does the translation and the values are not necessarily known before runtime. And you don't really want to recompile your code just because the values of some variables are once in order a,b and later in order b,a would you?
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In fact in your example the calculation 20 + 40.40 is done as a floating add  and a float result is generated

but since the answer expected is an int the result is truncated to an int

here is a simple example i wrote to demostrate

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main(){
int b = 20;
float e = 20.90;
float c = 40.40 ;
int a;
a  = b + c + e ;
cout<<"a="<<a<<endl;
return 0;
}

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in the above the answer printed is :: 81

which means that while doing the addition the variable b was promoted to a float and the result was truncated while assigning to 'a'  else the answer would have been 80.

/abhijit/
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quote >>>
The promotion needs to be done on order and not on value because the compiler does the translation and the values are not necessarily known before runtime. And you don't really want to recompile your code just because the values of some variables are once in order a,b and later in order b,a would you?
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you dont know the values during compilation but you know the "type"  of the variables during compilation  which is sufficient to decide on type promotion ( as in integer/float etc )

/abhijit/
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@abhijit
Is the promotion order fixed for C++ or is it compiler dependent?
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Thanks  steh and avizit.I learned a crucial point from avizit.I thank u for
participating.
Steh i have got to give u my points.Thanks for helping me.

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But in the original question:
>>My question is why 60.40 is not retained while storing as float is bigger than int.

The bigger should not affect the compilation. And size of float and int is on 32bit CPUs 4 bytes each. On 64 bit CPUs an int could be 8 bytes whereas the float should stay at 4 bytes so what is bigger now?
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It should "not" be compiler dependent ,

in the case mentioned i.e  int a=20+40.40  the addition was done using a float add but it got truncated as the expected result  is int

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from K&R

when an operator has operands of different types, they are converted to a common type according to a small number of rules. In general , the only automatic conversions are those that convert a "narrower" operand into a 'wider" one without losing information

/abhijit/
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