**VBScript Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples** - v6.03, by Herong Yang

"/" - Arithmetic Division Operation

This section provides some detail rules and a tutorial example on how arithmetic division operation works in VBScript.

Here are some detail rules about the arithmetic operation - division:

- Arithmetic division operation uses the division operator: "/"
- Arithmetic division operation requires that at least one of the operands is a numeric subtype: Byte, Integer, Long, Single or Double.
- If an operand is not a numeric subtype, it will be converted into a numeric subtype.
- The Boolean subtype is considered as a numeric subtype in a division operation. "True" represents a numeric value of -1. "False" represents a numeric value of 0.
- The Empty subtype is considered as a numeric subtype in a division operation. "Empty" represents a numeric value of 0.
- When a String value is used in a division operation, it will be parsed into a Double value. If the parsing process fails, the division operation will raise the "Type mismatch" runtime error.
- The operation will fail, if the second operand is a 0. Dividing by 0 is mathematically impossible.
- The returning value is the result of the first operand divided by the second operand.
- The subtype of the returning value is always Double regardless of the returning value range and subtypes of operands.

Here is a tutorial example showing you how arithmetic division operation rules work:

<html> <body> <!-- division_operation.html - Copyright (c) 1998 HerongYang.com. All Rights Reserved. --> <pre> <script language="vbscript"> document.writeln("21/7=" & (21/7) & " : " & TypeName(21/7)) document.writeln("3/7=" & (3/7) & " : " & TypeName(3/7)) document.writeln("3/777777=" & (3/777777) & " : " _ & TypeName(3/777777)) document.writeln("3/9.99=" & (3/9.99) & " : " & TypeName(3/9.99)) document.writeln("3/333.333e200=" & (3/333.333e200) & " : " _ & TypeName(3/333.333e200)) document.writeln("3/""7""=" & (3/"7") & " : " & TypeName(3/"7")) ' document.writeln("3/""7Hello""=" & (3/"7Hello") & " : " _ ' & TypeName(3/"7Hello")) document.writeln("3/True=" & (3/True) & " : " & TypeName(3/True)) ' document.writeln("3/False=" & (3/False) & " : " _ ' & TypeName(3/False)) document.writeln("False/True=" & (False/True) & " : " _ & TypeName(False/True)) document.writeln("Empty/3=" & (Empty/3) & " : " _ & TypeName(Empty/3)) </script> </pre> </body> </html>

Here is the output of this VBScript example script:

21/7=3 : Double 3/7=0.428571428571429 : Double 3/777777=3.85714671428957E-06 : Double 3/9.99=0.3003003003003 : Double 3/333.333e200=9.000009000009E-203 : Double 3/"7"=0.428571428571429 : Double 3/True=-3 : Double False/True=0 : Double Empty/3=0 : Single

The output confirms some of arithmetic division operation rules:

- Return values from all tests are Double values regardless of the returning value range and subtypes of operands.
- The statement on (3/False) is commented out, because dividing by 0 is not allowed.
- "Empty/3=0 : Single" is very strange. I don't know why.

Table of Contents

Introduction of VBScript - Visual Basic Scripting Edition

Variant Data Type, Subtypes, and Literals

Introduction of Arithmetic Operations

"+" - Arithmetic Addition Operation

"-" - Arithmetic Subtraction Operation

"*" - Arithmetic Multiplication Operation

►"/" - Arithmetic Division Operation

"\" - Arithmetic Integer Division Operation

"Mod" - Arithmetic Modulus Operation

"^" - Arithmetic Exponentiation Operation

Numeric Comparison Operations and Logical Operations

String Operations - Concatenation and Comparison

Variable Declaration and Assignment Statement

Expression and Order of Operation Precedence

Statement Syntax and Statement Types

Array Data Type and Related Statements

Array References and Array Assignment Statements

Conditional Statements - "If ... Then" and "Select Case"

Loop Statements - "For", "While", and "Do"

"Function" and "Sub" Procedures

Inspecting Variables Received in Procedures

Error Handling Flag and the "Err" Object

Regular Expression Pattern Match and Replacement

scrrun.dll - Scripting Runtime DLL Library

IE Web Browser Supporting VBScript