floating point verification using is?

Steven Schveighoffer schveiguy at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 18 11:16:17 PST 2009

On Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:34:09 -0500, bearophile <bearophileHUGS at lycos.com>  

> Steven Schveighoffer:
>> If I have 2 identical floating point values, how do I ensure they are
>> binary equivalents of eachother?
> Try this inside std.math of Phobos2:
> bool isIdentical(real x, real y);

Thanks, that seems to be what I want.

>> I thought 'a is b' would work, but it just morphs into a == b, which  
>> isn't
>> helpful.  Why doesn't 'is' just do a bit compare for floating points?
> "is" is used to compare references.

to me, is means "ignore semantic meaning, do a bitwise compare" regardless  
of reference status.

For example comparing 2 array structs using == will check that all the  
data is the same, but using "is" makes it compare bitwise the structs  

I see no difference with floating points, except you can't get at the bits  
easily.  The existence of isIdentical could be completely replaced by one  
or two instructions generated by the compiler when it sees "float is  


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