Defining the Data Type in C

We'll start out by defining the internal form for an FCUR value. As I mentioned before, you want to store three pieces of information for each value: the name of the currency (dollars, euros, yen, and so on), the number of units, and the exchange rate at the time the value was created. Why do you need to store the exchange rate with each value? Because exchange rates vary over time, and you need to know the rate at the time the value is created.

Because you are going to use the C programming language to implement the required conversion functions, you need to define a structure[4] containing the three components. Listing 6.9 shows the first few lines of the implementation file:

[4] This is not necessarily the most efficient (or even realistic) way to store a foreign currency value, but it works well for purposes of illustration. In a real-world implementation, you would not want to store monetary values using floating-point data types because of their inherent lack of precision. You would also want more control over the format of the currency name.

Listing 6.9. fcur.c (Part 1)

 1 /*
 2 ** File name: fcur.c
 3 */
 5 #include "postgres.h"
 6 #include "fmgr.h"
 8 typedef struct
 9 {
10 char fcur_name[4]; /* Currency name */
11 float4 fcur_units; /* Units of currency */
12 float4 fcur_xrate; /* Exchange rate */
13 } fcur;
15 static char * baseCurrencyName = "US$";
16 static char * unknownCurrencyName = "???";

Start by #including the postgres.h and fmgr.h header files, just like you did for the earlier examples. The fcur structure defines the internal form for your fcur data type. Store the currency name (fcur_name) as a three-character, null-terminated string. The fcur_units member stores the number of currency units as a floating-point number. The exchange rate is stored as a floating-point number in fcur_xrate.

At lines 15 and 16, you define two currency names. The baseCurrencyName is the name of the local currency. When the fcur_name of a value is equal to baseCurrencyName, the value is said to be normalized. A normalized value will always have an exchange rate (fcur_xrate) of 1.0: One U.S. dollar always equals one U.S. dollar. The unknownCurrencyName is used when the user enters a value containing a number of units and an exchange rate, but fails to provide the currency name. We'll use each of these variables in a moment.

Part I: General PostgreSQL Use

Introduction to PostgreSQL and SQL

Working with Data in PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL SQL Syntax and Use


Part II: Programming with PostgreSQL

Introduction to PostgreSQL Programming

Extending PostgreSQL


The PostgreSQL C APIlibpq

A Simpler C APIlibpgeasy

The New PostgreSQL C++ APIlibpqxx

Embedding SQL Commands in C Programsecpg

Using PostgreSQL from an ODBC Client Application

Using PostgreSQL from a Java Client Application

Using PostgreSQL with Perl

Using PostgreSQL with PHP

Using PostgreSQL with Tcl and Tcl/Tk

Using PostgreSQL with Python

Npgsql: The .NET Data Provider

Other Useful Programming Tools

Part III: PostgreSQL Administration

Introduction to PostgreSQL Administration

PostgreSQL Administration

Internationalization and Localization


Replicating PostgreSQL Data with Slony

Contributed Modules


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