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Numeric types


MySQL Essential Training

with Bill Weinman

Video: Numeric types

MySQL Numeric Types include types for integer, The default values for decimal precision and scale You see we have two decimal numbers and two floating point MySQL has a rich set of numeric types
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  1. 4m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
    3. What is MySQL?
      1m 48s
  2. 45m 37s
    1. Installation overview
      3m 16s
    2. Installing XAMPP on Windows
      5m 55s
    3. Installing XAMPP on the Mac
      6m 38s
    4. Setting up MySQL users
      11m 31s
    5. Installing SID on Windows
      5m 43s
    6. Installing SID on the Mac
      6m 6s
    7. Installing time zone support in MySQL on Windows
      6m 28s
  3. 45m 43s
    1. The SELECT statement
      3m 57s
    2. Selecting rows
      4m 57s
    3. Selecting columns
      3m 8s
    4. Sorting results with ORDER BY
      2m 58s
    5. Filtering results with WHERE
      3m 52s
    6. Filtering results with LIKE and IN
      3m 41s
    7. Filtering results with regular expressions
      8m 21s
    8. Inserting rows
      4m 9s
    9. Updating rows
      2m 21s
    10. Deleting rows
      2m 25s
    11. Literal strings
      3m 12s
    12. Understanding NULL
      2m 42s
  4. 41m 47s
    1. Creating a database
      4m 30s
    2. Creating a table
      7m 18s
    3. Creating indexes
      6m 8s
    4. Controlling column behavior with constraints
      4m 46s
    5. Creating an ID column
      6m 58s
    6. Using foreign key constraints
      7m 58s
    7. Altering a table
      4m 9s
  5. 28m 56s
    1. What are data types?
      4m 1s
    2. Numeric types
      5m 21s
    3. String types
      2m 58s
    4. Date and time types
      7m 2s
    5. Bit type
      2m 26s
    6. Boolean values
      2m 15s
    7. Enumeration types
      4m 53s
  6. 32m 34s
    1. String functions
      6m 57s
    2. Numeric functions
      6m 2s
    3. Date and time functions
      4m 12s
    4. Time zones in MySQL
      3m 37s
    5. Formatting dates
      1m 51s
    6. Aggregate functions
      5m 45s
    7. Flow control with CASE
      4m 10s
  7. 7m 6s
    1. Maintaining database integrity with transactions
      4m 46s
    2. Using transactions for performance
      2m 20s
  8. 16m 49s
    1. Updating a table with a trigger
      5m 11s
    2. Preventing automatic updates with a trigger
      7m 29s
    3. Logging transactions with a trigger
      4m 9s
  9. 14m 11s
    1. Creating a simple subselect
      3m 23s
    2. Searching within a result set
      3m 53s
    3. Creating a view
      3m 32s
    4. Creating a joined view
      3m 23s
  10. 12m 26s
    1. Understanding MySQL stored routines
      2m 0s
    2. Creating a stored function
      4m 34s
    3. Creating a stored procedure
      5m 52s
  11. 14m 4s
    1. The multi-platform PDO interface
      3m 44s
    2. Executing the SQL
      4m 8s
    3. Implementing auto-increment IDs
      2m 3s
    4. Using a stored funciton
      4m 9s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 3s

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MySQL is by far the most popular database management system for small- to medium-sized web projects. In this course, Bill Weinman provides clear, concise tutorials that guide you through creating and maintaining a MySQL database of your own. Bill explores the basic syntax, using SQL statements to create, insert, update, and delete data from your tables. He also covers creating a new database from scratch, as well as data types, transactions, subselects, views, and stored routines. Plus, learn about the multi-platform PHP PDO interface that will help you connect your database to web applications.

Topics include:
  • Writing queries
  • Creating and updating databases and tables
  • Using MySQL built-in functions
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Updating tables with triggers
  • Working with subselects and views
  • Creating and using a stored function
Bill Weinman

Numeric types

MySQL Numeric Types include types for integer, fixed point and floating point real numbers. Integer types are used for storing numbers that don't have a fractional part. There are five integer types in MySQL and they differ only on the scale of the values that they represent. This table shows the storage requirements and scale for the various integer types. Note that int, is an alias for integer so when you see int or integer they mean exactly the same thing. The SQL standard is integer, but MySQL like most database systems recognizes int as the same type.

The decimal type is used for fixed precision values. The type declaration for decimal takes two parameters. The first parameter is the precision that specifies the number of digits that will be stored. This number includes the digits after the decimal point. The second parameter is the scale, this specifies the position of the decimal point. Zero means no decimal point. For example, this declaration has a 9 for precision and a 2 for scale, so there are nine significant digits. And the decimal point is in the second position.

Numeric is an alias for decimal and does exactly the same thing. The default values for decimal precision and scale are 10 and 0, so decimal by itself. Is the same as decimal with a ten and a zero for its parameters. MySQL provides two floating point types, float and double. The float type is a standard IEEE 32-bit floating point number with a range of plus or minus 3.4 to the 38th power at a precision of 24 bits or about seven digits. It's worth noting that the real type is an alias for float, so when you see real, it's exactly the same as float.

The double type is a standard IEEE 64-bit floating point number with a range of plus or minus 1.79 to the 308th power. At a precision of 53 bits or about 16 digits. Floating point numbers are capable of representing very large or very small values, but in order to do so in a reasonable amount of space, they sacrifice precision. It's important to understand these limitations as they can have significant effect on calculations. To illustrate.

Lets select the scratch database and there's a table in here called numerics. So if I say describe numerics you'll see that it looks like this. It has five columns, two decimal numbers and two float numbers. And the decimal numbers are 10 and 2 so they have a precision of ten significant digits and the decimal point is in the second position. So if I say SELECT. Asterisk FROM numerics, like that.

You see we have two decimal numbers and two floating point numbers, and their values are 0.1 and 0.2, and 0.1 and 0.2. So there's an important distinction here, that you're going to need to see. If I say SELECT. Da plus db, you would expect that to be 0.3, right? Because 0.1 plus 0.2 equals 0.3. And the same with fa plus fb FROM numerics. And you'll notice that we get very different results.

The decimal numbers add up to 0.3 just like we would expect because. They have guaranteed precision. But the floating point numbers do not. You notice I add fa plus fb, 0.1 plus 0.2 and I get 0.3 with some garbage after a few zeros after the decimal point. So, in fact if I do this, da plus db equals 0.3, I would expect this to be true, which would be a 1.

So I get a 1 there, right? And if I do the same with fa and fb and say go, then I get a 0 which is false. In this case 0.1 plus 0.2 does not equal 0.3. Clearly it's reasonable to expect 0.1 and 0.2 to be equal to 0.3 but clearly the floating point numbers don't work that way. And in fact, if we just look at what that result is, we see that it's this other number. It's close to 0.3 but it's not exactly.

So this is a not a limitation of MySQL, this is a limitation of all floating point numbers. Because floating point numbers sacrifice precision for scale. To illustrate this point a little more dramatically, this is a photograph that I took at a local movie theater recently. This is a cash register. And I had purchased a number of items and they added them all up. And the total came to 13.50001. And you'll notice that it ruined the formatting on their screen because their screen was formatted for a certain amount of digits and there were some extra digits there.

This is as the sign says why you never use float for money. I gladly pay the extra thousandth of a cent if I had a convenient way of slicing up the pennies accurately. MySQL has a rich set of numeric types including integers, fixed point, and floating point numbers. Keep in mind that floating point numbers are not well suited for calculating money. Use the fixed point decimal type for financial applications.

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