Decimal Type for Manipulating Prices

Manipulating prices as values of `double`

type may lead to calculation mistakes caused by the way real numbers are presented in `double`

values as well as due to the type capacity limits.

Assume the following initialization of a variable of the `double`

type is executed:

const double Price = 100.10;

In spite of exact constant definition, the real value, hold by a defined variable, looks like `100.099999999999998`

, but not `100.1`

.

This is because each double value is expressed as `X * 2 ^ Y`

, where `X`

is mantissa and `Y`

is 2-basis exponent.

As a result, each time the price field is accessed, conversion mistakes might happen.

Since recently, CME MDP uses a real number with a fixed decimal exponent. Therefore, the SDK exposes the OnixS::CME::MDH::Decimal class for a better experience with original data, transmitted by MDP, and to avoid issues described above.

In contrast to a `double`

type, available as a native C++ data type, the OnixS::CME::MDH::Decimal class presents real numbers with the 10-basis exponent. Therefore, each number looks like `X * 10 ^ Y`

, where `X`

is a mantissa and `Y`

is an exponent.