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parseLong(String s, int radix) - What is a radix ?

Munish Gulati
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public static long parseLong(String s, int radix) throws NumberFormatException
Examples:-
parseLong("0", 10) returns 0L
parseLong("473", 10) returns 473L
parseLong("-0", 10) returns 0L
parseLong("-FF", 16) returns -255L
parseLong("1100110", 2) returns 102L
parseLong("99", 8) throws a NumberFormatException
parseLong("Hazelnut", 10) throws a NumberFormatException
parseLong("Hazelnut", 36) returns 1356099454469L
What is a radix, and what it does in the above code examples ?


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Anonymous
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radix is the base of the used numbering system.
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Dirk Schreckmann
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Does knowing that radix means base help to better understand these examples (which were taken from the Long class documentation)?
To review a couple of the examples briefly, parseLong("99", 8) throws a NumberFormatException because a base 8 numbering system was specified. In such a system, only 8 different digits would be used, presumably 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 in this case. Since 8 is not one of these digits, there is a problem with trying to turn it into a number.
You're likely used to the decimal system with its ten digits - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Realize that we don't have to count with ten digits, we just do, probably because we (usually) have ten digits attached to our hands.
I would guess that the example that specified a 36 digit numbering system (base 36, a.k.a. radix 36), parseLong("Hazelnut", 36), uses 0-9 as the first ten digits, representing their "normal" decimal values, with the characters of the english alphabet representing the following 26 values - ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen... So, A is ten, B is eleven, etc.
I suppose the next challenge would be to understand how to convert these different radix numbers into decimal. It's pretty darn easy.
Realize that, in decimal, two hundred and fourty-six (246) is the same as
(6 X 10^0) + (4 X 10^1) + (2 X 10^2) = 246 base 10
Notice all those tens and remember "decimal" means "base ten".
Well, to interpret (i.e. convert to decimal) a number such as 46 base 7 isn't all that different.
46 base 7 = (6 X 7^0) + (4 X 7^1) = 6 + 28 = 34 base 10
Making any sense?
Munish Gulati
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Thanks Dirk
My doubts are clear now.
Changed my name too.
Dirk Schreckmann
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Karan, thanks for changing your display name, but we aren't quite there yet. We'd appreciate separate first and last names. Thanks.
Munish Gulati
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