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    I am reading beginning ASP.NET in VB 2005 - and I am currently on Common Data Types, page 24. there are a few data types I don't understand.

    Int64 = An integer from -9.2e18 to 9.2e18;
    Single = -3.4e38 to 3.4e38;
    Double = -1.8e308 to 1.8e308

    The thing I don't understand is what the letters inside the integer for? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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    e = exponential. Its a mathmatical term.

    For example, Int 64 = -9.2e18 to 9.2e18 is the same as saying -9.2 * 10^18 to 9.2 * 10^18.

    (^ means to the power of by the way).

    Also, for example 9*10e2 would be the same as 9*100.

    This is done as numbers like 10^18 are really long (1000000000000000000) and much harder to read than e18. They are also a lot more easier to understand while doing calculations and reading books.

    You'll do it in GCSE Maths, and if not definitely at A Level.

    Hope that helps .
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