Back in the DataFlex 2.1 era DataFlex could not do power-of or logarithm operations as the host language in that time did not offer that functionality. A colleague of me - having a master in mathematics - wrote in DataFlex code a way to do a power-of calculation based on real numbers. It took 45 seconds for one calculation. This was true for 2^2 but also for 2,919^2,2376.