Roadmap proposal for 3.10/4.0
Alan Grimes
agrimes at speakeasy.net
Tue Oct 17 17:55:21 UTC 2006
Ken Dickey wrote:
> Current (3.8/3.9):
> 2i isNumber. "false"
> 4 ln. "NaN"
> 4 sqrt. "exception"
>
> Alternate Code:
> 2i isNumber. "true"
> 4 ln. "(1.38629436111989 +3.141592653589793i)"
> 4 sqrt. "2.0i"
> I consider this a "community issue".
>
> Questions:
>  Are there users of complex numbers (does anyone care)?
Apparently, complex numbers are the most common class of numbers in the
universe.
>  Assuming yes, are there objective criteria for choosing between alternate
> implementations?
Similarity to what math books talk about?
> I am actually agnostic as to which code base gets chosen, but we really should
> get the answers right.
Squeak appears to be a superlative platform for doing number theory and
other maths, I think things will only get better if complex types are
implemented across the board. =)

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If you tell him that you saw linux crash, he won't.
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