digitalmars.D - Re: Remove complex and imaginary types?
- bearophile <bearophileHUGS lycos.com> Jan 07 2008
Bill Baxter:but for a programming language it's bad practice to have a lot of magic literals in your code anyway. I.e. creal rot45 = creal(.707, 707); creal xr = rot45 * x; is better than creal xr = (.707 + 0.707i) * x; in my opinion. As long as complex constants can still be put in static arrays, it should be ok.
Python has the literals too:complex(5)
(6 + 2j - 1 + 3j) / 3j
(complex(6, 2) - complex(1, 3)) / complex(0,3)
But maybe imaginary literals aren't necessary: C++ complex<long double> a = 5; complex<long double> b(0,7); c = a + b + complex<long double>(0,7); Current D: creal a = 5; ireal b = 7i; c = a + b + 7i; Alternative: auto a = creal(5); // == creal(5,0) auto b = ireal(7); c = a + b + ireal(7); C++: c = (complex<double>(6,2) + complex<double>(-1,3)) / complex<double>(0,3); Current D: c = (6 + 2i - 1 + 3i) / 3i; Alternative: c = (creal(6,2) + cdouble(-1,3)) / idouble(3); Bye, bearophile
Jan 07 2008