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    Default Format Specifiers

    Hi everyone,
    I hope someone can help me. I'm writing a program for a college assignment that needs to handle numbers in millions like 5,550,000. I'v declared the variable to hold them as type long, but the only way I can get the numbers into a printf statement is to use the format specifier %.2f. This works fine but the only problem is the number has 2 decimal points that I dont want to be there because they will always be 0's. Does anyone know if there is a specific format specifier for long as %d wont work either.
    Thank you.

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    printf ( " %d ", longValue);

    also you might want to consider BigIntegers.
    Last edited by gcampton; 12-20-2009 at 11:44 AM.

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    Two common ways to do this are the String.format / printf group of methods (and use as noted above %d will work for longs) or you could create a DecimalFormat instance. Both ways will allow strings to be shown with or without groupings:

    Java Code:
    import java.text.DecimalFormat;
    public class Fu1 {
      public static void main(String[] args) {
        long myLong = 1234567890123L;
        DecimalFormat dfWithGrouping = new DecimalFormat("00");
        System.out.print("With Grouping: ");
        DecimalFormat dfWithOutGrouping = new DecimalFormat("00");
        System.out.print("Without Grouping: ");
        System.out.printf("With Grouping: %,d %n", myLong);
        System.out.printf("Without Grouping: %d %n", myLong);

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    Thanks for the help guys my code is working perfectly now.

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