Jan Wieck wrote:
>"Warren W. Gay VE3WWG" wrote:
>>It would be nice to see client side access to the decimal
>>routines used by PostgreSQL to support the decimal/numeric
>>data types. Are there any plans for that to happen?
>If you mean to make the arbitrary precision arithmetic available inside
>of the libpq, no there are no such plans.
>The functions, which you can find in src/backend/utils/adt/numeric.c,
>are designed and optimized to live inside of the PostgreSQL database
>backend. There are several other arbitrary precision packages out in the
>world, that fit alot better into client applications.
I understand the "optimized" position. But the rest does not make sense
If I use the binary interface, I now have to convert your "decimal" number
to someone else's format, so I can do something with it.
Oracle or INFORMIX OTOH, provide the user access to
routines to manipulate their builtin data types. This is what
I would hope that PostgreSQL's client interface would work
towards. It would certainly make it a lot more "client friendly".
As far as other "decimal" packages in the Open Source wild, I don't know
but I'll admit that I've not looked too hard yet.
The GNU GMP is a multi-precision INTEGER or fraction library, but doesn't
support what is needed. If you know differently, I welcome links. But I
maintain that it makes the most sense, to have PostgreSQL native support
for their special builtin types.
Warren W. Gay VE3WWG
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