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# number formatting????

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i have an int (unknown lenght) that i need to format so there's a comma every 3 digits, like "1,000,203,2203". I know about DecimalFormat df1 = new DecimalFormat(), but I'm not quite sure what to put in the parentheses. If I knew the int was 4 digits, I could do "0,000", but I'm not sure how to go about formatting an unknown number of digits. Let me know!
Thanks!

Kate Zoy
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Turns out that even though I still don't know how to format my number, I have a bigger problem... I take in a string, which could be an integer of any length, and I parse it into an integer. Turns out that Integer.parseInt() doesn't work (in my case) for integer longer than 9 digits! I'm not sure what is going on! Help! Am i using the wrong type? Are integers not allowed 10 digits or more?
Let me know!
Thanks Alot!

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You're right - Integers (and ints) are stored in four bytes, and so are limited in size from -(2^31) to 2^31-1. I can't remember exactly what those numbers are but it's around 2 billion I think - so yes, 9 digits at most.

In any case, use longs for a bigger range (-(2^63) to 2^63-1), or consider the BigInteger class if you truly need no boundaries. You can use the constructor that takes a String parameter to parse into a BigInteger.

Cheers,

--Tim

Tim West
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Seems people politely ignored my mistake. 2 billion (2 000 000 000) is of course 10 digits, not 9.

In any case, the actual range for ints is [-2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647]. For longs it's [-9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807].

--Tim

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Hi Tim,

Just a light hearted technical comment, on a multimeter that would be called "nine and a half digits"!

Ed

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Should get 538,927,393

Kate Zoy
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Thanks, that helps alot! I'll go try the BigInteger right now!
Thanks again,
Kate