[TUHS] Array index history

Robert Swierczek rmswierczek at gmail.com
Thu Jun 8 12:45:08 AEST 2017


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> Arrays can be efficiently implemented no matter where the index starts.
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Keep in mind that C was/is primarily a language to write OS's and
other system level software.  Hardware such as memory addresses, page
tables, disk sectors, etc. are all indexed from zero for very good
reasons.  I would shudder to contemplate an implementation of the Unix
V6 kernel in a hypothetical C-with-one-based-arrays language.


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