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What are the data types in Elixir?

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Data Types

Elixir has all the regular programming language data types along with a few special ones of its own:

1. Integers

Integers are positive and negative numbers without any decimal points. They can also be written in binary, octal, and hexadecimal form.

2. Floats

Just like other programming languages, floats are numeric variables that can store decimals values.

3. Boolean

Boolean variables can store either True or False (true or false in Elixir syntax).

# Integers:

IO.puts "Integers"
IO.puts 1           # Integer in decimal form 
IO.puts 0x1F        # Integer in hexadecimal form
IO.puts 0b1010      # Integer in binary form
IO.puts 0o123       # Integer in octal form
IO.puts div(10, 5)  # Div function returns integer

# Floats:

IO.puts "\nFloats"
IO.puts 1.0         # Float value
IO.puts 10 / 5      # / operator returns a float

# Boolean

IO.puts "\nBoolean"
IO.puts true        # Boolean value
IO.puts 2 == 3      # Comparisons return boolean values

4. Atoms

Atoms in Elixir are constants whose values are the same as their names. They are denoted by a : before their names. The constants true, false, and nil are also atoms. These are special constants that can be used without the : operator.

5. Strings

Strings, similar to other languages, are sets of characters marked by double quotes (").

6. Anonymous Functions

Anonymous Functions are functions that can be stored and run in variables. The start of these functions are marked by fn and the ends are marked by end.

# Atoms

IO.puts "Atoms"
IO.puts :atom                       # Atom value
IO.puts is_atom(:atom)              # is_atom tells whether something is an atom
IO.puts is_atom(nil)                # nil is an atom
IO.puts is_boolean(:true)           # :true is a boolean
IO.puts is_atom(0)                  # numbers aren't atoms

# Strings

IO.puts "\nStrings"                 # This title is a string, itself
IO.puts String.length("Educative")  # This function returns the length of a string

# Anonymous Functions

# Defining the functions
sub = fn a, b -> a - b end          
runfunc = fn a, b, fun -> fun.(a, b) end
IO.puts "\nAnonymous Functions"
IO.puts sub.(10, 5)                 # Calling the function
IO.puts runfunc.(10, 5, sub)        # Anonymous functions can be passed as parameters

7. Lists

Lists are a number of values of the same or different data types stored in the same variable. Lists are stored as linked lists. Lists are marked by square brackets ([]).

8. Tuples

Tuples have the same function as lists but, like arrays, they are stored contiguously in memory, which makes them faster. Tuples are marked by curly brackets ({}).

# Lists

list = [1, 2, 3, 4, true, 5.5, 6, false, true]  # List defined
IO.puts "Lists"

IO.puts "Initial List:"
IO.inspect list                                 # Inspect is used to display the whole list

IO.puts "List Length:"
IO.puts length list

IO.puts "Adding Elements:"
IO.inspect list ++ [7, 8, 9]                    # ++ operator joins two lists

IO.puts "Removing Elements:"
IO.inspect list -- [true, false]                # -- operator removes items from lists

# Tuples

tuple = {1, 2, 3, 4, true, 5.5, 6, false, true} # Tuple defined
IO.puts "\nTuples"

IO.puts "Initial Tuple:"
IO.inspect tuple                                # Inspect is used to display the whole tuple

IO.puts "Accessing Tuple Element:"
IO.puts elem(tuple, 5)                          # elem function gets the element at a certain index

IO.puts "Tuple Size:"
IO.puts tuple_size(tuple)                       # tuple_size gets the number of elements in a tuple

IO.puts "Adding Element:"
IO.inspect put_elem(tuple, 5, "Educative")      # put_elem adds an element at a certain index of a tuple

IO.puts "Removing Element:"
IO.inspect Tuple.delete_at(tuple, 4)            # delete_at removes an element from a tuple at a specified index


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