For example. I can make a static price.

 function setPrices(uint256 newSellPrice, uint256 newBuyPrice) onlyOwner {
    sellPrice = newSellPrice;
    buyPrice = newBuyPrice;

But how can make a floating price.

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The Ethereum VM does not support floating point operations currently.

What you can do is to use a divisor in your calculations.


uint256 divisor = 1000000;
uint256 sellPrice = 1234; // To represent 0.001234
uint256 buyPrice = 1123;  // To represent 0.001123
uint256 amount = 1 ether;
uint256 sellAmount = amount * sellPrice / divisor;

You can see this technique being used in buy() function of GNTTokenTrader to represent the "floating point" prices in https://cryptoderivatives.market/.

Here is a Browser Solidity screen demonstrating the calculations: enter image description here

  • Just updated with a Browser Solidity screenshot demonstrating the calculations. Jan 29, 2017 at 8:14

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