[TUHS] Array index history

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Fri Jun 9 08:28:54 AEST 2017

On 2017-06-08 22:17, Dave Horsfall<dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> Just to diverge from this thread a little, it probably isn't all that
> remarkable that programming languages tend to reflect the hardware for
> which they were designed.
> Thus, for example, we have the C construct:
>      do { ... } while (--i);
> which translated right into the PDP-11's "SOB" instruction (and
> reminiscent of FORTRAN's insistence that DO loops are run at least once
> (there was a CACM article about that once; anyone have a pointer to it?)).
> And of course the afore-mentioned FORTRAN, which really reflects the
> underlying IBM 70x architecture (shudder).

FORTRAN stopped running the loops at least once already with FORTRAN 77. 
The last who insisted on running loops at least once was FORTRAN IV.


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