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Expression language not compare BigDecimals with integers [SPR-8716] #13358

spring-issuemaster opened this issue Sep 22, 2011 · 3 comments


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commented Sep 22, 2011

Giovanni Dall'Oglio Risso opened SPR-8716 and commented

The number comparison can be more accurate with BigDecimals (possibly also BigIntegers) and other number types:

This test fail, becouse the BigDecimal is converted to Integer, truncating the value to zero:

    public void testGT() throws Exception

        ExpressionParser ep = new SpelExpressionParser();
        Expression expression = ep.parseExpression("new java.math.BigDecimal('0.1') > 0");
        Boolean value = expression.getValue(Boolean.class);


The responsible is the class org.springframework.expression.spel.ast.OpGT (but all the similar classes has the same imprinting)

public BooleanTypedValue getValueInternal(ExpressionState state) throws EvaluationException {
     Object left = getLeftOperand().getValueInternal(state).getValue();
     Object right = getRightOperand().getValueInternal(state).getValue();
     if (left instanceof Number && right instanceof Number) {
          Number leftNumber = (Number) left;
          Number rightNumber = (Number) right;
          if (leftNumber instanceof Double || rightNumber instanceof Double) {
               return BooleanTypedValue.forValue(leftNumber.doubleValue() > rightNumber.doubleValue());
          } else if (leftNumber instanceof Long || rightNumber instanceof Long) {
               return BooleanTypedValue.forValue(leftNumber.longValue() > rightNumber.longValue());
          } else {
               return BooleanTypedValue.forValue(leftNumber.intValue() > rightNumber.intValue());
     return BooleanTypedValue.forValue(state.getTypeComparator().compare(left, right) > 0);

In order you:

  • check if is a Double
  • check if is a Long
  • treat it as an Integer

I attach my modest suggestion

Affects: 3.0.5


Issue Links:

  • #13802 Support BigDecimals with SpEL ("duplicates")

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commented Sep 22, 2011

Giovanni Dall'Oglio Risso commented

Sorry, in the attachment i found an error on
if ( leftNumber instanceof BigDecimal || -leftNumber- rightNumber instanceof BigDecimal )


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commented Apr 16, 2012

Giovanni Dall'Oglio Risso commented


I'm the reporter for this issue.

We managed to solve this problem, adding BigDecimals; we also made a pull request: #54

You can take that pull request, or start by that code (we added quite test cases).

PS: maybe you can consider to add also the BigIntegers support...


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commented May 14, 2012

Chris Beams commented

Resolving as a duplicate of #13802.

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