Subject: Re: No array update w/o setf?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 03:41:00 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Ken Tilton  <> wrote:
| > I'm starting index values from 1 instead of 0.
| Because your array goes to eleven? I think this is The Real Problem.    
| Why on earth do you want an array starting at one? I ask because I 
| think The Great Contribution to society of computer science is the 
| news that zero should have been the first natural number.
    "Why numbering should start at zero"
    Edsger W. Dijkstra
    11 August 1982

Common Lisp's pervasive convention on :START as an inclusive
bound and :END as an *exclusive* bound agrees with Dijkstra's
preferred "convention a)".


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