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Tech Tip: The Num command and the decimal separator
PRODUCT: 4D Developer | VERSION: 11 | PLATFORM: Mac & Win
Published On: September 4, 2008
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The Num command in 4D v11 SQL accepts a parameter for the decimal separator.

Num (expression; separator) > Number

The decimal separator is interpreted as a decimal place and must be embedded in a numeric string.

In addition using the GET SYSTEM FORMAT you can determine what Decimal separator is being used by the system. For example:

If you have a string:


You use the Num command without the decimal separator parameter, in a system that does not use a period as a decimal separator you will not get the right numeric value.


This will result in 1.45895 in a system using "," as the decimal separator. The same expression with the decimal separator parameter will result in the right numerical value.


This will result in 1,458.95 for a system using "." as a decimal separator or 1.458,95 for a system using "," as the decimal separator.

For more information see the Num command documentation: