[TUHS] Array index history

David david at kdbarto.org
Fri Jun 9 04:20:24 AEST 2017

Arnold gets it right on the Pascal indexing.

In UCSD Pascal you could specify any array bounds you would like and
the compiler would 0 base them for you by always doing a subtraction,
or addition if your min was negative, of your min array index. So a little
run time cost for non-zero based arrays.

I’m not sure how other Pascal compilers did this.

I find it interesting that there are now a slew of testing programs
(Valgrind, Address Sanitizer, Purify, etc) that will add the ‘missing’
array bounds checking for C.


> On Jun 7, 2017, at 10:01 AM, tuhs-request at minnie.tuhs.org wrote:
> Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:20:43 -0600
> From: arnold at skeeve.com
> To: tuhs at tuhs.org, ag4ve.us at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [TUHS] Array index history
> Message-ID: <201706071320.v57DKhmJ026303 at freefriends.org>
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> Pascal (IIRC) allowed you to specify upper and lower bounds, something
> like
> 	foo : array[5..10] of integer;
> with runtime bounds checking on array accesses.  (I could be wrong ---
> it's been a LLLLOOONNNGGG time.)
> HTH,
> Arnold

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