DataFlex can represent numerous different number types, all of which are represented by the same tokens. See Fundamental Types for a complete list of types.

Integer Tokens

Integer tokens are formed by combining numeric digits, and an optional minus sign. These represent whole numbers in the range –2147483647 to 2147483648. Numbers outside this range cannot be represented as an integer token.

Since integers are whole numbers, they cannot contain decimal places.

Examples of integer tokens are:




These tokens are not integers:

-2800.01               // this number contains decimal places

12345678901234567890   // this number exceeds the maximum range

Number Tokens

Number tokens are formed by combining numeric digits, a decimal point, and an optional minus sign. These represent real numbers in the range +/–99999999999999.99999999.

Examples of number tokens are:



Real Tokens

Real number tokens are used to represent numbers in a floating-point format.

A real number is formed by combining mantissa and exponent parts using the special symbol e (scientific notation) to delimit the exponent. The format of each of the mantissa and exponent parts is the same as a DataFlex Number token (but the range for each is smaller). The exponent is written after the mantissa without any intervening separators.

Examples of real tokens are:

1.55e003          // 1.55 x 10 to the power of 3, or 1,550

-2.0e-002         // -2 x 10 to the power of –2 or -2/100

DataFlex can represent real numbers in the range +/-1.0 times 10 to the power of +/-306. Real numbers are accurate to a precision of 15 significant digits, (i.e., the mantissa can be expressed as a number up to 15 digits following the decimal point).

Hexadecimal Tokens

Hexadecimal tokens are used to denote integer-type numbers in hexadecimal format. A hex number is formed by writing a dollar symbol ($) followed by 1 to 8 hexadecimal digits. Hex numbers must be within the range from $00000000 to $FFFFFFFF.

Examples of hex tokens are: