Lesson 8. Big numbers

After reading lesson 8, you’ll be able to

  • Save your zero key by specifying an exponent
  • Use Go’s big package for really big numbers
  • Use big constants and literal values

Computer programming is full of trade-offs. Floating-point types can store numbers of any size, but they lack precision and accuracy at times. Integers are accurate but have a limited range. What if you need a really big, accurate number? This lesson explores two alternatives to the native float64 and int types.

Consider this

CPUs are optimized for integer and floating-point math, but other numeric representations are possible. When you need to go big, Go has you covered.

What are some situations where integers are too small, floating-point ...

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