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    I may get laughed off this site, but can you explain the difference between a Long, Single, and Double? I have used each one of them, with no clue of what I'm doing with them.


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    Former Admin/Moderator MartinLiss's Avatar
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    You won't get laughed at (at least by me), but Help is one place you can always look. Here is what it has to say:
    Data Type Summary
    The following table shows the supporteddata types, including storage sizes and ranges.
    Data type Storage size Range 
    Byte 1 byte 0 to 255 
    Boolean 2 bytes True or False 
    Integer 2 bytes -32,768 to 32,767 
    (long integer) 4 bytes -2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647 
    (single-precision floating-point) 4 bytes -3.402823E38 to -1.401298E-45 for negative values; 1.401298E-45 to 3.402823E38 for positive values 
    (double-precision floating-point) 8 bytes -1.79769313486232E308 to 
    -4.94065645841247E-324 for negative values; 4.94065645841247E-324 to 1.79769313486232E308 for positive values 
    (scaled integer) 8 bytes -922,337,203,685,477.5808 to 922,337,203,685,477.5807 
    Decimal 14 bytes +/-79,228,162,514,264,337,593,543,950,335 with no decimal point; 
    +/-7.9228162514264337593543950335 with 28 places to the right of the decimal; smallest non-zero number is 
    Date 8 bytes January 1, 100 to December 31, 9999 
    Object 4 bytes Any Object reference 
    (variable-length) 10 bytes + string length 0 to approximately 2 billion  
    (fixed-length) Length of string 1 to approximately 65,400 
    (with numbers) 16 bytes Any numeric value up to the range of a Double 
    (with characters) 22 bytes + string length Same range as for variable-length String 
    (using Type) Number required by elements The range of each element is the same as the range of its data type. 
    Note   Arrays of any data type require 20 bytes of memory plus 4 bytes for each array dimension plus the number of bytes occupied by the data itself. The memory occupied by the data can be calculated by multiplying the number of data elements by the size of each element. For example, the data in a single-dimension array consisting of 4 Integer data elements of 2 bytes each occupies 8 bytes. The 8 bytes required for the data plus the 24 bytes of overhead brings the total memory requirement for the array to 32 bytes.
    A Variant containing an array requires 12 bytes more than the array alone.

    [This message has been edited by MartinLiss (edited 11-10-1999).]

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