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Issue 17.5 ('Numbers')
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FEATURE

What's New in the MBS Plugins

With the Plugins growing every year, here are new capabilities you may have missed

Issue: 17.5 (September/October 2019)
Author: Stefanie Juchmes
Author Bio: Stefanie studied computer science at the university in Bonn. She came in touch with Xojo due to the work of her brother-in-law and got a junior developer position in early 2019 at Monkeybread Software.
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It's been 19 years since MonkeyBread Software developed plugins that you can use in the Xojo IDE. The Plugins expand the functionality of the IDE, giving you more controls, classes, methods, and properties. Year after year the MBS Plugins are growing. By now there are 40 plugins, divided internally in 485 plugin parts, which you can embed in your projects. They provide over 64,000 functions including over 2,500 classes. The download includes over 2,000 examples for you to learn details about.

Since last year we have loads of new functionality. I would like to introduce you to some of the new features now.

Data Types

With Large Number and Big Number the Xojo MBS DataTypes Plugin gets two new data types, which make it possible to calculate with large numbers or have a high precision (see Figure 1). LargeNumberMBS is an integer with up to 4,128 bits. That is a number with 1,200 digits!

You can use it to calculate prim numbers or to find the largest common devisor. BigNumberMBS is a really big floating point number. With a precision of 100 digits before the dot, it provides vastly more accuracy than the ordinary double data type. Compared to double values, you have five times the number of bits.

The definition of these datatypes is very easy:

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