PHP - Integer

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How can we express integer using different bases?

``````\$a = 1234; // decimal number
\$a = -123; // a negative number
\$a = 0123; // octal number (equivalent to 83 decimal).  The octal format is: 0[0-7]+
\$a = 0x1A; // hexadecimal number (equivalent to 26 decimal).  The hexadecimal: 0[xX][0-9a-fA-F]+
\$a = 0b11111111; // binary number (equivalent to 255 decimal)```
```

What is the size of integers supported by PHP?

The size of an integer is platform-dependent, although a maximum value of about two billion is the usual value (that's 32 bits signed). 64-bit platforms usually have a maximum value of about 9E18, except on Windows prior to PHP 7, where it was always 32 bit.

Does PHP support unsigned integers?

No. The size of an integer is platform-dependent, although a maximum value of about two billion is the usual value (that's 32 bits signed). 64-bit platforms usually have a maximum value of about 9E18, except on Windows prior to PHP 7, where it was always 32 bit. PHP does not support unsigned integers

How can we determine the size of integer supported by PHP?

The size of an integer is platform-dependent, although a maximum value of about two billion is the usual value (that's 32 bits signed). 64-bit platforms usually have a maximum value of about 9E18, except on Windows prior to PHP 7, where it was always 32 bit. PHP does not support unsigned integers. Integer size can be determined using the constant PHP_INT_SIZE, maximum value using the constant PHP_INT_MAX since PHP 4.4.0 and PHP 5.0.5, and minimum value using the constant PHP_INT_MIN since PHP 7.0.0.

What is "integer overflow"?

If PHP encounters a number beyond the bounds of the integer type, it will be interpreted as a float instead. Also, an operation which results in a number beyond the bounds of the integer type will return a float instead.

Is there an integer division operator in PHP?

No. There is no integer division operator in PHP. 1/2 yields the float 0.5. The value can be casted to an integer to round it towards zero, or the round() function provides finer control over rounding.

Do we have to worry about precision with PHP?

Not as much as Java. In PHP, there is no integer division operator in PHP. 1/2 yields the float 0.5 (Java may yield 0). The value can be casted to an integer to round it towards zero, or the round() function provides finer control over rounding.

Floating point numbers have limited precision. Although it depends on the system, PHP typically uses the IEEE 754 double precision format, which will give a maximum relative error due to rounding in the order of 1.11e-16. Non elementary arithmetic operations may give larger errors, and, of course, error propagation must be considered when several operations are compounded.

Additionally, rational numbers that are exactly representable as floating point numbers in base 10, like 0.1 or 0.7, do not have an exact representation as floating point numbers in base 2, which is used internally, no matter the size of the mantissa. Hence, they cannot be converted into their internal binary counterparts without a small loss of precision. This can lead to confusing results: for example, floor((0.1+0.7)*10) will usually return 7 instead of the expected 8, since the internal representation will be something like 7.9999999999999991118….

So never trust floating number results to the last digit, and do not compare floating point numbers directly for equality. If higher precision is necessary, the arbitrary precision math functions and gmp functions are available.

For a "simple" explanation, see the » floating point guide that's also titled "Why don’t my numbers add up?"

How can we convert a variable to an integer?

To explicitly convert a value to integer, use either the (int) or (integer) casts. However, in most cases the cast is not needed, since a value will be automatically converted if an operator, function or control structure requires an integer argument. A value can also be converted to integer with the intval() function.

If a resource is converted to an integer, then the result will be the unique resource number assigned to the resource by PHP at runtime.

What happens when we convert a boolean to an integer?

FALSE will yield 0 (zero), and TRUE will yield 1 (one).

What happens when we convert a float to an integer?

When converting from float to integer, the number will be rounded towards zero. If the float is beyond the boundaries of integer (usually +/- 2.15e+9 = 2^31 on 32-bit platforms and +/- 9.22e+18 = 2^63 on 64-bit platforms other than Windows), the result is undefined, since the float doesn't have enough precision to give an exact integer result. No warning, not even a notice will be issued when this happens!

As of PHP 7.0.0, instead of being undefined and platform-dependent, NaN and Infinity will always be zero when cast to integer.

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