Checking in the new database structure I saw that someone changed a field from float to double. Wondering why, I checked the mysql documentation, but honestly didn't understand what the difference is.
Can someone explain?
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They both represent floating point numbers. A
FLOAT is for single-precision, while a
DOUBLE is for double-precision numbers.
MySQL uses four bytes for single-precision values and eight bytes for double-precision values.
There is a big difference from floating point numbers and decimal (numeric) numbers, which you can use with the
DECIMAL data type. This is used to store exact numeric data values, unlike floating point numbers, where it is important to preserve exact precision, for example with monetary data.