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Author Marovich, Scott B. ♦ Gentleman, W. Morven
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword High-level languages ♦ Philosophy of language design ♦ Floating-point arithmetic
Abstract In the interests of producing portable mathematical software, it is highly desirable for a program to be able directly to obtain fundamental properties of the environment in which it is to run. The installer would then not be obliged to change appropriate magic constants in the source code, and the user would not have to provide information he may very well not understand. Until the standard definitions of programming languages are changed to require builtin functions that provide this information [1, 3], we will have to resort to writing routines that discover it.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont., Canada (Gentleman, W. Morven) || Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (Marovich, Scott B.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 5
Page Count 2
Starting Page 276
Ending Page 277

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