Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 09:59:53 +0000
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Organization: Nextra UK
Subject: Re: storing and operating large numbers
Gleb V. Kotelnitskyy writes:
> I have to store 18-digits phone numbers, so i dont want to waste 11
> bits for exponential part.
You won't be doing arithmetic with them, so don't store them as
numerics - store them as 18 byte character strings. If you really have
such a problem with space, store them as 9 byte character strings using
both half-bytes and use a $HEX18. format to display them.