Number Data Type

The Number type is stored as an eight-byte, double-precision, floating-point number. It represents a double-precision 64-bit IEEE 754 value.

The Number type can represent numbers as large as 1.79E+308 (positive or negative) with an accuracy of about 15 digits, and as small as 1E-323. The Number type can also represent NaN (Not a Number), positive and negative infinity, and positive and negative zero.

This type is useful for applications that need large numbers but do not need precise accuracy. If you require very accurate numbers, consider using the Decimal data type.

The corresponding .NET Framework data type is Double. The Number type is equivalent to the double type.

The properties and methods of the Number data type are the same as the Double properties and methods.

JScript also defines a Number object. The Number data type interoperates with Number object. Consequently, a Number object can call the methods and properties of the Number data type, and a Number data type can call the methods and properties of the Number object. For additional information, see Number Object Properties and Methods. Furthermore, Number objects are accepted by functions that take Number data types, and vice versa.

The Number data type should be used instead of the Number object in most circumstances.

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