Developer Guide and Reference


Using Efficient Data Types

In cases where more than one data type can be used for a variable, consider selecting the data types based on the following hierarchy, listed from most to least efficient:
  • char
  • short
  • int
  • long
  • long long
  • float
  • double
  • long double
In an arithmetic expression, you should avoid mixing integer and floating-point data.
You can use integer data types (
int long
, etc.) in loops to improve floating point performance. Convert the data type to integer data types, process the data, then convert the data to the old type.

Product and Performance Information


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