Precise Math in Perl 5 - A Lost Cause? Challenge accepted.

45 minutes



Perl has been equipped with useful math capabilities for ages, such as object orientation, operator overloading, interfaces to external libraries, and modules dealing with big numbers both in the core distribution and on CPAN. Sadly, in the domain of precise math, current solutions haven't reached high standards in stability nor correctness so far.

The talk will discuss some of these limitations and the lessons to be learned for users, module authors and even language designers. A brief look into other languages, namely Perl 6 and Python, will give some perspective about other, if not fundamentally different, approaches. 

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