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Precise Math in Perl 5 - A Lost Cause? Challenge accepted.

by Martin Becker (‎martin‎) (

Precise Math in Perl 5 - A Lost Cause? Challenge accepted. aimed at Any and is held in English. This talk starts on 2017-06-28 at 11:40 for 40 minutes. It takes place at the

Perl 5 is distributed without any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, but it has without doubt proven to be useful for at least some purposes. As for the purpose of doing precise math, a task not unheard of in the world of programming, we are still struggling with annoying limitations, however.

Perl has been equipped with useful math capabilities for ages, such as object orientation, operator overloading, interfaces to external libraries, and modules dealing with big numbers both in the core distribution and on CPAN. Sadly, current solutions haven't reached an acceptable standard in stability nor correctness so far.

The talk will discuss some of these limitations and the lessons to be learned for users, module authors and even language designers. A brief look into other languages, namely Perl 6 and Python, will give some perspective about other, if not fundamentally different, approaches.


Tags: cpan mathematics

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