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division evaluates to zero

Lisa D'Aniello
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Joined: Sep 25, 2003
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Ok, this is so stinkin' basic, I'm embarrassed to even post the question, but...

long section1score = Long.valueOf(request.getParameter("score1")).longValue() + Long.valueOf(request.getParameter("score2")).longValue();

double section1perct = (section1score/40)*100;

...Why on earth does this evaluate to zero??? section1score holds a value of 20.

marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Integral division always truncates. If you want a floating-point result, you will need to perform the division with a floating-point type. One way to accomplish this is to simply make the literal 40 a double...


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Lisa D'Aniello
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Thank you!

Goodness, what a silly oversight on my part...

Thanks Again!
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