Documentation for method base

Documentation for method base, assembled from the following types:

role Real

From Real

(Real) method base

method base(Real:D: Int:D $base where 2..36$digits? --> Str:D)

Converts the number to a string, using $base as base. For $base larger than ten, capital Latin letters are used.

255.base(16);            # 'FF' 

The optional $digits argument asks for that many digits of fraction (which may not be negative). If omitted, a reasonable default is chosen based on type. For Int this default is 0. For Num, the default is 8. For Rational, the number of places is scaled to the size of the denominator, with a minimum of 6.

A special value of Whatever (*) can be given as $digits, which functions the same as when $digits is not specified for all Real types except the Rationals. For Rationals, the Whatever indicates that you wish all of the possible digits of the fractional part, but use caution: since there's no detection of repeating fractional parts (the algorithm will eventually stop after generating 2**63 digits).

The final digit produced is always rounded.

say pi.base(103);      # OUTPUT: «3.142␤» 
say (1/128).base(10*); # OUTPUT: «0.0078125␤» 
say (1/100).base(10*); # OUTPUT: «0.01␤» 
say (1/3)  .base(10*); # WRONG: endlessly repeating fractional part 

For reverse operation, see parse-base