The beauty of Numeric literals in Ada

## Franco Gasperoni, 2008

recalling his first encounter with numeric literals in Ada, a gem

fun fact: you can insert underscores to separate groups of digits: 3.14159_26535_etc (fun fact? beautiful fact?)

based literal methods: in C, it’s unintuitive/strange (arbitrary), while in Ada you can write it consistently (formal) in however many bases you want (structural, base 2, 8, 10, 16)

ada provides exactness, and therefore frees the programmer from the language (the limitations of writing)