# konstante Zahlenwerte vs. Konstante

## English translation: expicit number constants vs. constant variables

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 German term or phrase: konstante Zahlenwerte vs. Konstante English translation: expicit number constants vs. constant variables Entered by:

 16:01 Aug 9, 2002
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Tech/Engineering
 German term or phrase: konstante Zahlenwerte vs. Konstante context: software for measuring and control devices Vermeiden Sie es in dem Bewegungsablauf konstante Zahlenwerte zu verwenden. Benutzen Sie stattdessen die Konstanten. Maybe it's just me, but I find the use of konstante Zahlenwerte and Konstante as two different things a bit strange. Would it suffice to say (roughly) "Avoid using the same numbers repeatedly in the motion sequence. Use constants instead." (or Use the constants instead; assuming there are predefined constants available). TIA, Beth
 Beth KantusUnited States Local time: 07:28
 expicit number constants vs. constant variables Explanation:What I understand here is that the use of explicit numbers (e.g. 2, 10, 4711) should be avoided in the programming. Instead one should use variables (e.g. x, y, z) which are defined as constants and are assigned (in this example) the values 2, 10 and 4711 respctively. This means that if the value 2 has to be changed to 3 then it only has to be changed once in the program (in the definition of the constant x) rather than in all locations where a 2 exists. Based on over 20 years of IT experience. Hope this helps.--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2002-08-09 16:19:50 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------Sorry, that should read \"explicit ...\" (Thanks e-rich).
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Bob Kerns
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Local time: 13:28
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5 +3expicit number constants vs. constant variables
 Bob Kerns
3numerical variables with fixed values vs. constants
 mbrunet

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expicit number constants vs. constant variables

Explanation:
What I understand here is that the use of explicit numbers (e.g. 2, 10, 4711) should be avoided in the programming. Instead one should use variables (e.g. x, y, z) which are defined as constants and are assigned (in this example) the values 2, 10 and 4711 respctively. This means that if the value 2 has to be changed to 3 then it only has to be changed once in the program (in the definition of the constant x) rather than in all locations where a 2 exists.

Based on over 20 years of IT experience. Hope this helps.

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Note added at 2002-08-09 16:19:50 (GMT)
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Sorry, that should read \"explicit ...\" (Thanks e-rich).

 Bob KernsGermanyLocal time: 13:28Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in pair: 1415
 Thanks very much for your help!

agree  swisstell: explicit
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-> Thanks for explicitly reminding me how to type explicit :-)

agree
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agree
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3 hrs   confidence:
numerical variables with fixed values vs. constants

Explanation:
My guess is that what is meant is "don't use x=2, use 2".

 mbrunetPRO pts in pair: 32

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