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Primitive type conversion in computer graphics

I have been repeatedly told that explicit type conversions are an indicator of bad code and they should be avoided. Now in all honesty I have been annoyed a bit by these claims due to the nature of ...
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Formatting a string by converting to a number then back to a string

I'm not sure whether this qualifies as code smell, or if there may be some better way of performing the same task, but, basically, I want to format a 10 digit string, using C#, and have the following ...
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Create a single class to map different object to a target object?

I have a service (S) that receives an object of type 's', this service will be called by several classes (maybe 6) and each class has their own object a,b,c, etc. with the information necessary to ...
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Implicit conversion for function subtyping

Languages with coercions (i.e. implicit type conversions) allows expressing things like that (irrespective of any syntax): f : int32 → int32 = λx.x+x a : int16 = 42 b : int64 = f(a) Where type ...
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Converting Interfaces to Sub types. Is this bad SE?

In the company I work for, I keep seeing IManager interfaces being converted into their real types and lots of "instanceof / TypeOf" if statement checks. For example: IManager manager // passed to ...
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Does an explicit temporary of an integral type qualify as an integral constant expression?

In the following code, int() is an explicit type conversion. #include <iostream> int main() { void* ptr = int(); return 0; } Clang Compiler: source_file.cpp:5:11: error: cannot ...
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Naming a view class

I'm a little hesitant on what to name a view class. I have a view class which I call ChooseImageView because that's what the user does in that view. After the user has chosen an image I display a ...
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Best place to convert one object to another object

I'm writing an interface to bundle two underlying APIs into one new. The APIs provide data about archived invoices. All three APIs (the two old ones and my new one) have different data structures. ...
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Why can't C# implicitly convert int to string?

C# allows implicit conversions of integers to strings when used in an expression. For example, this is completely valid: int myInt = 10; string concatenatedString = "myInt is " + myInt; string ...
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Different Number Base Systems

I am doing a summer assignment for AP Computer Science. For this I am learning about different number base systems and how to convert them. These topics led to me wondering about why programmers use ...
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Is it bad to create classes whose sole purpose is to be converted to another class implicitly?

Imagine a situation where we're using a library that allows you to create Circle objects, where you can specify the radius and the center of the circle to define it. However, for some reason, it also ...
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Handling Value Unit data

We have some data that is strongly bound to each other and we are using it for calculations. Its a value with a unit type and an optional relation. E.g. 1500 meter above sea level. The unit type ...
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Best practices regarding type mapping and extension methods

I want to ask some questions about best practices regarding mapping types and using extension methods in C#. I know this topic has been discussed multiple times over past few years, but I've read a ...
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Haskell: Is it possible to convert a Num to a Float?

I need to be able to convert generic numbers (instances of Num) to a Float. I searched Hoogle for a function with the signature Num n => n -> Float, but I couldn't find any such functions (...
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Integer conversion with Console.ReadLine() [closed]

To read an integer from user input, you can use: int number = Convert.ToInt32(Console.ReadLine()); But why won't the following work? int number = (int) Console.ReadLine(); What's the difference ...
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Why can't there be any implicit conversions?

As I understand it, implicit conversions can cause errors. But that doesn't make sense -- shouldn't normal conversions also cause errors, then? Why not have len(100) work by the language ...
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Converting from byte[ ] to user defined type

I am working on a network simulator designed in java with the basic function of routing messages through a network. I am trying to take a Message object, encrypt it using an encryption utility that ...
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Manual repetitive conversion between file types

Let's say i have an interest in file conversions, but everything should be made by hand and i have multiple output formats (say: csv and excel). Once i get contacted by a client, i have to link ...
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Interface (contract), Generics (universality), and extension methods (ease of use). Is it a right design?

I'm trying to design a simple conversion framework based on these requirements: All developers should follow a predefined set of rules to convert from the source entity to the target entity Some ...
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C/C++: Which conversion warnings make sense in practice?

C/C++ implicit conversions can cause bugs. Here's one example: int foo, bar; scanf("%d", &foo); scanf("%d", &bar); float foobar = foo / bar; If I input 7 and 2, it's not 3.5 as expected - it'...
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Converting an empty string to a number [closed]

If you are designing a function which should conver a string to an integer, how would you convert an empty string? The question is only about this one particular input value (empty string). Between ...
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Is relying on implicit argument conversion considered dangerous?

C++ has a feature (I cannot figure out the proper name of it), that automatically calls matching constructors of parameter types if the argument types are not the expected ones. A very basic example ...
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What is the name of ** in python?

When programming Python I sometimes do a ** to make a conversion. I understand what it does but what data structures am I manipulating? A dict and what is the other? An array? Is there a name for the *...
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The need for Explicit Type Conversion in C#

Consider the following code: DerivedClass drbObj = (DerivedClass)obj; Here obj is of type Object and this is reasonable since Object is the base type of every Class in C#. Here, since the type of ...
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What is the accepted best practice for Java type conversions?

What is the current best practice for all the type conversions necessary in a Java web application? For example, HttpServletRequest.getParameters(...) returns String[], but Hibernate does not allow ...