[ANN] Number readFrom: light version rounding to nearest float

nicolas cellier ncellier at ifrance.com
Sun May 7 15:57:08 UTC 2006

This is related to squeak-dev subjects 
 - Numerics question: reading floating point constants
 - Fun with Number readFrom: What should we do ?

I proposed a first version of SqNumberParser built upon Bellerophon algorithm 
(using 64 bits arithmetic instead of 53 to get a correct result).
Unfortunately, this solution was quite heavy in my opinion (using a new 
ArbitraryPrecisionFloat class).
It was not that efficient anyway because no access to native 64bit extended 
precision arithmetic was provided from within squeak (all was emulated).

The other solution i suggested is now working. Two patches correcting 
Integer>>asFloat and Fraction>>asFloat need simply being loaded from 
http://bugs.impara.de/view.php?id=3564 and 

Then, no more need for BellerophonAlgorithm nor ArbitraryPrecisionFloat...
Conversion is slow, but often a little faster than original readFrom:.
Solution is now a good candidate for base image inclusion (3.9 but also 
earlier releases). 

TODO: create a specific error like NumberParserError or NumberParserException.

Anyone interested, please do your own tests and let me know of any bug.

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