C# Literal Types
When you are specifying literal numeric values in your code you will, on occasion, have to give the compiler a heads-up on the expected type from the declaration.
For example, the literal value 5.3 will, by default, be assumed to be a double. As such, the following
float result = 5.3 / 12.4;
will result in the exception
Cannot implicitly convert type ‘double’ to ‘float’. An explicit conversion exists (are you missing a cast?)
You could cast the value but that would create an unneccessary overhead and result in messy code.
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float result = (float)5.3 / (float)12.4; or float result = (float)(5.3 / 12.4);
The most suitable way to approach this is to advise the compiler on the literal type. You do this by applying a suffix to your literal.
float result = 5.3f / 12.4f;
This can also be used when passing a literal as a parameter in a method signature.
A table of the most common literal type declarations can be seen below.
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var x = 1m; // decimal var x = 1f; // float var x = 1d; // double var x = 1l; // long var x = 1u; // uint var x = 1ul; // ulong
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