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Re: A philosophical pondering concerning hexes

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Jun 23, 2004 at 10:47 UTC ( #368999=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A philosophical pondering concerning hexes

Your dec has a problem. Anything matched by /^[0-7]+$/ or /^\d+$/ is going to be matched by /^(0x)?[0-9A-Fa-f]+$/i as well, so if you do the tests in order you present it, it'll assume either hexadecimal, or binary. Reversing the order will give a problem as well. How would you distinguish between 1016 == 1610, 1010, and 108 == 810 (subscripts indicate base)?

Of course, as pointed out, your fallacy lies in assuming that oct and hex return decimal representations of numbers - they don't. They return numbers:

$ perl -MDevel::Peek -wle 'Dump hex 10' SV = IV(0x8192014) at 0x8181270 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (IOK,READONLY,pIOK) IV = 16
It's a number - without a stringified valued.

Also, Perl already has a function to turn a number into a hexadecimal, octal or binary representation: it's called sprintf.


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