LargePositiveInteger

Last updated at 1:28 am UTC on 17 January 2006

I represent positive integers of more than 30 bits (ie, >= 1073741824). These values are beyond the range of SmallInteger, and are encoded here as an array of 8-bit digits. Care must be taken, when new values are computed, that any result that COULD BE a SmallInteger IS a SmallInteger (see normalize).

See superclasses Integer and Number for common methods

Note that the bit manipulation primitives, bitAnd:, bitShift:, etc., = and ~= run without failure (and therefore fast) if the value fits in 32 bits. This is a great help to the simulator.