[Chicago] The Chipy network

Martin Maney maney at two14.net
Fri Oct 21 05:00:14 CEST 2011

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 05:33:33PM -0500, Clyde Forrester wrote:
> The DEC PDP line of computers had pre- and post-, increment and
> decrement built in to their op codes. Pretty slick.

As have many subsequent processors.  It's mostly an addressing hack for
stepping through contiguous memory, like when doing strcpy without a
builtin looping op.

> The availability of this support is pretty much irrelevant to a high
> level, cross-platform language like Python.

Totally.  If you're coming from a C-like language, feeling the lack of
++ is at most a symptom of the deeper need to stop thinking about
things one byte at a time!  <wink... but srsly, too, been there>

Obscurity is a far great threat to authors and creative artists
than piracy.  -- Tim O'Reilly

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