I ran across a little gotcha today where a float value being inserted into another object container (JSONObject) was not holding the precision of the original value. The JSONObject actually takes a double not a float, and I overlooked the up-casting initially until I started unit testing. (have to love unit tests!)

here is a print of the values I started with:

07:46:15.108 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - ===== abv:: calculateAbv =====
07:46:15.117 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - volume: 16
07:46:15.118 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - abv: 3.2
07:46:15.118 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - price: 5.99
07:46:15.118 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - value_r: 0.117
07:46:15.118 [http-apr-8080-exec-49] INFO c.b.javaee6.service.AbvResource - score_r: 12.0

Here is how I was creating my JSONObject:

JSONObject json = new JSONObject();
json.put("abv_r", valueObject.getAbv());
json.put("volume_r", valueObject.getVolume());
json.put("price_r", valueObject.getPrice());
json.put("value_r", valueObject.getValue());
json.put("score", valueObject.getScore());
result = json.toString();


The JSONObject.put method does not take a float, but takes a double:

* Put a key/double pair in the JSONObject.
* @param key A key string.
* @param value A double which is the value.
* @return this.
* @throws JSONException If the key is null or if the number is invalid.
public JSONObject put(String key, double value)
throws JSONException {
    put(key, new Double(value));
    return this;

@see org.codehaus.jettison.json.JSONObject

Now when I cast the values to String’s such as


The precision of the values are not cast to double’s:

JSONObject json = new JSONObject();
json.put("abv_r", ""+valueObject.getAbv());
json.put("volume_r", ""+valueObject.getVolume());
json.put("price_r", ""+valueObject.getPrice());
json.put("value_r", ""+valueObject.getValue());
json.put("score", ""+valueObject.getScore());
result = json.toString();




So care needs to be taken to remember other Objects can cast your objects to have undesirable affects.

Another solution is to ensure the valueObject uses double’s then no casting is performed when putting the values into the JSONObject.

Mick Knutson

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  • Ale

    Interesting, but IMHO quite unsurprising.. You should really use something else than float/double for such uses.. like decimals, BigDecimals, etc.


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