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# Is it guaranteed by modern C++ compilers that a caste from bool to double will always result only in 0.0 or 1.0?

Posted on 2011-09-30
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double d;
bool b;
int i;

b = true:
d = (double) b;

i = 2;
b = (bool) i;
d = (double) b;

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Question by:47pitch

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for_yan earned 25 total points
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see here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa325135%28v=vs.71%29.aspx

public: static double ToDouble(
bool value
);

The number 1 if value is true; otherwise, 0.
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ID: 36894682

From bool to int, false is always 0, true is always 1.
From int to bool, 0 is always false, anything other than 0 is true.

i = 2;
b = (bool) i;
d = (double) b;

therefore d should become 1.0

as b becomes true
and then it is cast to double as 1.0

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Expert Comment

ID: 36894863
I actually tried this, using gcc compiler on solaris
and got expected result : 1.000

I think such things should be fairly standardized

``````#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdbool.h>

void main(){
int i;

double d;
bool b;
i =2;
b = (bool) i;
d = (double) b;
printf("%3f\n",d);

}
``````
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ID: 36895037

Compiler implicitly do the casting for you.

But better to use static_cast instead of simple c style casting.
Ex:
b = static_cast<bool>(i);
d = static_cast<double>(b);
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evilrix earned 25 total points
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>> I think such things should be fairly standardized

Actually, the result is very well defined as far as the standard is concerned...

4.9 Floating-integral conversions

An rvalue of an integer type or of an enumeration type can be converted to an rvalue of a floating point
type. The result is exact if possible. Otherwise, it is an implementation-defined choice of either the next
lower or higher representable value. [Note: loss of precision occurs if the integral value cannot be represented
exactly as a value of the floating type. ] If the source type is bool, the value false is converted to
zero and the value true is converted to one.
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 36895115
Thanks!
I was looking for authoritative reference to show my colleagues
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