Has anyone got a SuperBASIC routine that will convert a number into the six byte QL Floating Point internal form? Preferably returning a string of 12 Hex digits.
I would like to write a Function to do something like x$=FP$(16453)
Floating point conversion

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Re: Floating point conversion
Something along the lines of (Untested, no QL at hand...)
(i.e. POKE_F and PEEK combined) should work. POKE_F is part of Turbo Toolkit.
Tobias
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x = respr (10)
a = a$ : REMark convert from String to float
POKE_F x, a
FOR i = 1 TO 6
x$ = x$ & HEX$(PEEK (x + i  1), 8)
END FOR i
PRINT X$
(i.e. POKE_F and PEEK combined) should work. POKE_F is part of Turbo Toolkit.
Tobias
Re: Floating point conversion
FLOAT$(<number>)
This function takes a floating point number and returns the
internal math representation of the number as a six character
string.
...in PDTK on Dilwyn's site
This function takes a floating point number and returns the
internal math representation of the number as a six character
string.
...in PDTK on Dilwyn's site
Re: Floating point conversion
Martin_Head wrote:Has anyone got a SuperBASIC routine that will convert a number into the six byte QL Floating Point internal form? Preferably returning a string of 12 Hex digits.
I would like to write a Function to do something like x$=FP$(16453)
If I understood your question correctly, you are looking for something like this?
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100 CLS
110 ovf = 2 ^ 31: REMark Sign switch
120 ofs = $81F: REMark Offset/bias
130 :
140 REMark Test
150 PRINT FLT$(20000)
160 PRINT FLT$(20000)
170 PRINT FLT$(2E6)
180 PRINT FLT$(2E6)
190 PRINT FLT$(2E6)
200 PRINT FLT$(2E6)
210 PRINT FLT$(222.22)
220 PRINT FLT$(222.22)
230 :
240 DEFine FuNction FLT$(n)
250 LOCal x, m, s
260 PRINT n,: rem ### debug
270 IF n = 0: RETurn FILL$('0', 12)
280 IF n < 0 THEN
290 s = 1: m = n
300 ELSE
310 s = 1: m = n
320 END IF
330 :
340 FOR x = ofs TO 0 STEP 1
350 m = m + m
360 IF m >= ovf: EXIT x
370 END FOR x
380 m = m / 2
390 m = s * m
400 PRINT FLT(x, m),: rem ### debug
410 RETurn HEX$(x, 16) & HEX$(m, 32)
420 END DEFine FLT$
430 :
440 DEFine FuNction FLT(x, b)
450 IF b = 0 OR x = 0: RETurn 0
460 RETurn b * 2 ^ (x  ofs)
470 END DEFine FLT
480 :
Its a bit crude, and Im unsure about edge conditions. Also no error trapping.. If you improve it, or find something better, feed it back!
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Re: Floating point conversion
Hi,
Turbo has a FLOAT$ function, ' which returns a sixcharacter string of the specified floatingpoint number '. See Turbo manual : page 190.
Eg : F$= FLOAT$(PI) : returns 6 ASCII characters ( whose codes are : 8 , 2 , 100 , 135 , 237 , 81 )
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Steve.
Turbo has a FLOAT$ function, ' which returns a sixcharacter string of the specified floatingpoint number '. See Turbo manual : page 190.
Eg : F$= FLOAT$(PI) : returns 6 ASCII characters ( whose codes are : 8 , 2 , 100 , 135 , 237 , 81 )
Regards,
Steve.

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Re: Floating point conversion
Hi again,
Using Turbo :
100 f$ = FLOAT$(PI) : s$=''
120 for i=1 to 6 : s$=s$ & ( HEX$( CODE( f$(i),8))
130 PRINT s$
Will convert 3.141592654 into 08026487ED51, the HEX value.
Regards,
Steve.
Using Turbo :
100 f$ = FLOAT$(PI) : s$=''
120 for i=1 to 6 : s$=s$ & ( HEX$( CODE( f$(i),8))
130 PRINT s$
Will convert 3.141592654 into 08026487ED51, the HEX value.
Regards,
Steve.
Re: Floating point conversion
Actually my routine above only floats "long integers". This one "floats" floats too:
This is just a rough translation from my assembler original. Im sure there is scope for
optimisation! Or perhaps there is a mathematical solution, without the BASIC loops?
Anyway, since its probably not what you wanted, Martin, it doesnt really matter..
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10 ovf = 2 ^ 30: REMark preSign switch
20 :
..
100 DEFine FuNction FLT$(n)
110 LOCal x, m, s
120 IF n = 0: RETurn FILL$('0', 12)
130 IF n < 0 THEN
140 s = 1: m = n
150 ELSE
160 s = 1: m = n
170 END IF
180 :
190 IF m > ovf THEN
200 FOR x = $81F TO $FFF
210 m = m / 2
220 IF m < ovf: EXIT x
230 END FOR x
240 m = m + m
250 ELSE
260 FOR x = $81F TO 0 STEP 1
270 m = m + m
280 IF m > ovf: EXIT x
290 END FOR x
300 m = m / 2
310 END IF
320 m = s * m
330 RETurn HEX$(x, 16) & HEX$(m, 32)
340 END DEFine FLT$
350 :
This is just a rough translation from my assembler original. Im sure there is scope for
optimisation! Or perhaps there is a mathematical solution, without the BASIC loops?
Anyway, since its probably not what you wanted, Martin, it doesnt really matter..
Per
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Re: Floating point conversion
Hi Per,
Thanks for your latest code, which I just tested :
Line 10 should read ovf = 2^31 to get a correct answer, (compared to the TURBO example for PI).
But then the routine fails for floats larger than 1E9 ...
The function should operate from 1E616 to 1e615.
I will try to see if I can debug it.
Regards,
Steve.
Thanks for your latest code, which I just tested :
Line 10 should read ovf = 2^31 to get a correct answer, (compared to the TURBO example for PI).
But then the routine fails for floats larger than 1E9 ...
The function should operate from 1E616 to 1e615.
I will try to see if I can debug it.
Regards,
Steve.

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Re: Floating point conversion
Thanks everyone for the replies. I don't really want to go to the trouble of installing a toolkit just for this, So I will probably go for Per's solution.
Martin
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Re: Floating point conversion
Hi again,
Per's solution needs several tweaks to get all the right answers , (Tested against the TURBo codes I gave).
Line 10 ovf=2^30 is now OK, but :
read 190 If m> (2^31) THEN
delete 270 and 300
read 280 if m>=ovf: exit x: else m=m+m
This now works in the full range of 1E615 to 1E615 !
If you find any further bugs, please let us all know...
Regards,
Steve.
Per's solution needs several tweaks to get all the right answers , (Tested against the TURBo codes I gave).
Line 10 ovf=2^30 is now OK, but :
read 190 If m> (2^31) THEN
delete 270 and 300
read 280 if m>=ovf: exit x: else m=m+m
This now works in the full range of 1E615 to 1E615 !
If you find any further bugs, please let us all know...
Regards,
Steve.
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