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# Decimal Constructor (Int32())

Silverlight

Initializes a new instance of Decimal to a decimal value represented in binary and contained in a specified array.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
```'Declaration
Public Sub New ( _
bits As Integer() _
)
```

#### Parameters

bits
Type: System.Int32()
An array of 32-bit signed integers containing a representation of a decimal value.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

bits is Nothing.

ArgumentException

The length of the bits is not 4.

-or-

The representation of the decimal value in bits is not valid.

The binary representation of a Decimal number consists of a 1-bit sign, a 96-bit integer number, and a scaling factor used to divide the integer number and specify what portion of it is a decimal fraction. The scaling factor is implicitly the number 10, raised to an exponent ranging from 0 to 28.

bits is a four-element long array of 32-bit signed integers.

bits [0], bits [1], and bits [2] contain the low, middle, and high 32 bits of the 96-bit integer number.

bits [3] contains the scale factor and sign, and consists of following parts:

Bits 0 to 15, the lower word, are unused and must be zero.

Bits 16 to 23 must contain an exponent between 0 and 28, which indicates the power of 10 to divide the integer number.

Bits 24 to 30 are unused and must be zero.

Bit 31 contains the sign; 0 meaning positive, and 1 meaning negative.

A numeric value might have several possible binary representations; all are equally valid and numerically equivalent. Note that the bit representation differentiates between negative and positive zero. These values are treated as being equal in all operations.

The following code example creates several Decimal numbers using the constructor overload that initializes a Decimal structure with an array of four Int32 values.

```
' Example of the Decimal( Integer( ) ) constructor.

Module Example

' Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
Function GetExceptionType(ByVal ex As Exception) As String

Dim exceptionType As String = ex.GetType().ToString()
Return exceptionType.Substring( _
exceptionType.LastIndexOf("."c) + 1)
End Function

' Create a Decimal object and display its value.
Sub CreateDecimal(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock, ByVal bits() As Integer)

' Format and save the constructor.
Dim ctor As String = String.Format("Decimal( {{ &H{0:X}", bits(0))
Dim valOrExc As String
Dim index As Integer
For index = 1 To bits.Length - 1
ctor &= String.Format(", &H{0:X}", bits(index))
Next index
ctor &= " } )"

' Construct the Decimal value.
Try
Dim decimalNum As New Decimal(bits)

' Format the Decimal value for display.
valOrExc = decimalNum.ToString()

' Save the exception type if an exception was thrown.
Catch ex As Exception
valOrExc = GetExceptionType(ex)
End Try

' Display the constructor and Decimal value or exception.
Dim ctorLen As Integer = 76 - valOrExc.Length
If ctorLen > ctor.Length Then

' Display the data on one line if it will fit.
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("{0}{1}", ctor.PadRight(ctorLen) & vbCrLf, _
valOrExc)

' Otherwise, display the data on two lines.
Else
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("{0}", ctor) & vbCrLf
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("{0,76}", valOrExc) & vbCrLf
End If
End Sub

Public Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)

outputBlock.Text &= "This example of the " & _
"Decimal( Integer( ) ) constructor " & _
vbCrLf & "generates the following output." & vbCrLf & vbCrLf
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("{0,-38}{1,38}", "Constructor", _
"Value or Exception") & vbCrLf
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("{0,-38}{1,38}", "-----------", _
"------------------") & vbCrLf

' Construct Decimal objects from Integer arrays.
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 0, 0, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 0, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 0, 0, 0, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {1000000000, 0, 0, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 1000000000, 0, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 0, 1000000000, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {0, 0, 0, 1000000000})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, -1, -1, 0})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, -1, -1, &H80000000})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, 0, 0, &H100000})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, 0, 0, &H1C0000})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, 0, 0, &H1D0000})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() {-1, 0, 0, &H1C0001})
CreateDecimal(outputBlock, New Integer() _
{&HF0000, &HF0000, &HF0000, &HF0000})
End Sub
End Module

' This example of the Decimal( Integer( ) ) constructor
' generates the following output.
'
' Constructor                                               Value or Exception
' -----------                                               ------------------
' Decimal( { &H0, &H0, &H0, &H0 } )                                          0
' Decimal( { &H0, &H0, &H0 } )                               ArgumentException
' Decimal( { &H0, &H0, &H0, &H0, &H0 } )                     ArgumentException
' Decimal( { &H3B9ACA00, &H0, &H0, &H0 } )                          1000000000
' Decimal( { &H0, &H3B9ACA00, &H0, &H0 } )                 4294967296000000000
' Decimal( { &H0, &H0, &H3B9ACA00, &H0 } )       18446744073709551616000000000
' Decimal( { &H0, &H0, &H0, &H3B9ACA00 } )                   ArgumentException
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &HFFFFFFFF, &HFFFFFFFF, &H0 } )
'                                                79228162514264337593543950335
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &HFFFFFFFF, &HFFFFFFFF, &H80000000 } )
'                                               -79228162514264337593543950335
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &H0, &H0, &H100000 } )             0.0000004294967295
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &H0, &H0, &H1C0000 } ) 0.0000000000000000004294967295
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &H0, &H0, &H1D0000 } )              ArgumentException
' Decimal( { &HFFFFFFFF, &H0, &H0, &H1C0001 } )              ArgumentException
' Decimal( { &HF0000, &HF0000, &HF0000, &HF0000 } )
'                                                  18133887298.441562272235520

```

#### Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

#### Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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