A quick reminder that number literals in Ruby can be pretty fancy!

Example | Evaluates To | Class | Purpose |
---|---|---|---|

`0x10` |
`16` |
Integer | Integers in hexadecimal (0-16) format |

`0o10` ¹ |
`8` |
Integer | Integers in octal (0-8) format |

`0b10` |
`2` |
Integer | Integers in binary (0-1) format |

`1e1000` |
`Float::INFINITY` |
Float | Floats in exponential notation |

`1i` |
`(0+1i)` ² |
Complex | Shorthand for creating complex numbers |

`3/6r` |
`(1/2)` ² |
Rational | Shorthand for creating rational numbers |

`0_0` |
`0` |
any | Visually separate digits |

¹ Also: `010`

² While the representation of a complex number (e.g. `(0+1i)`

) is a valid way to create the same number again, this is not true for `(1/2)`

which will just evaluate to `0`

³. Also note that the `r`

only makes the `6`

a rational, which in turn "rationalizes" the result. An equivalent way of expressing the same fraction would be `3r/6`

³ Except when you `require "mathn"`

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