Issue #13152 has been updated by Makoto Kishimoto.


~~~
$ nawk --version
awk version 20121220 (FreeBSD)
$ nawk 'END { printf("%d\n", -2 ** 4) }' < /dev/null
-16
~~~

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Bug #13152: Numeric parsing differences between ruby <-> crystal
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/13152#change-62667

* Author: Jabari Zakiya
* Status: Rejected
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
* ruby -v: 
* Backport: 2.2: UNKNOWN, 2.3: UNKNOWN, 2.4: UNKNOWN
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I noticed this difference between ruby and crystal when converting a gem.

```ruby
puts   -2**4 -> -16 (ruby) || 16 (crystal)
puts (-2)**4 ->  16 (both)
```

ruby parses `-2**4` as `-(2**4)`, while crystal does `(-2)**4`, which is more intuitive.
This creates need to be careful converting negative number usage from ruby <-> crystal.
(I haven't investigated differences with other languages.)
Using parentheses to explicitly create intended outcomes can overcome this.

However, on the heels of the discussion/decision to not change the default rounding behavior of numerics
in 2.4.0 would it also be worth it to change this parsing behavior to make this more natural
and intuitive, as in crystal?



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