Friday, June 10, 2011

Float.MIN_VALUE Craziness

Did I miss a memo? How can this be right:-

float f = Math.max(Float.MIN_VALUE, 0f); // Returns "1.4E-45" (i.e. Float.MIN_VALUE I think)

What? Maybe I missed something in the documentation that said "Please note that this function is crazy." Unless the logic of "closest to positive infinity" means that Float.MIN_VALUE is actually closer since it loops round backwards. I hope not.