Tag: floating point

Primitive Data Types

A primitive data type can either be a basic type that provides the basic building blocks for a language or a built-in type that the language treats and supports as a basic type. Composite types are ones that are a combination of primitive types or other composite types. These may or may not be built into the language you are using. The difference being that a primitive type, like a prime number, cannot be decomposed into simpler types.

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Numbers are representations of things, not things themselves. We have to be able to store and process numbers in an efficient manner in order for our programs to run well. However, those numbers also have to be accurate. We can’t lose data in the process of storage, retrieval, or arithmetic operations.

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