On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Dirk Laurie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 2018-04-23 21:40 GMT+02:00 Sean Conner <email@example.com>:
> > Oh, I know:
> > LET x BECOME x + 1
> > There! That's better!
> > -spc (Do I need to add the <sarcasm> tag here?)
> No, this whole thread is like the tired jokes that people tell and
> retell to kill time.
> Allow me to hijack it.
> I grew up as a programmer in a time when there were only three
> languages: FORTRAN, COBOL and Assembler. (There was theoretically
> Algol which you occasionally saw printed but nobody except professors
> had a compiler for it, and that compiler would only run on the
> departmental computer.) I did a lot of stuff in Assembler, including a
> program that would play Schubert's Military March on a portable radio.
> I had a colleague by the name of Andrzej D=C4=85browski who knew the timing
> of all the CPU instructions by heart and took delight in chipping
> microseconds off the running time of inner loops.
> We wrote everything in capitals and our arrays started at index 1.
> Ah, those were the days ...
In my opinion we should bring back the old compromise of starting arrays at 0.5