What is Expressiveness in a Computer Language

Dimitri Maziuk dima at
Wed Jun 21 18:12:48 CEST 2006

George Neuner sez:
> On Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:02:55 +0000 (UTC), Dimitri Maziuk
><dima at> wrote:
>>Yet Another Dan sez:
>>... Requiring an array index to be an integer is considered a typing 
>>> problem because it can be checked based on only the variable itself, 
>>> whereas checking whether it's in bounds requires knowledge about the array.
>>You mean like
>> subtype MyArrayIndexType is INTEGER 7 .. 11
>> type MyArrayType is array (MyArrayIndexType) of MyElementType
> If the index computation involves wider types it can still produce
> illegal index values.  The runtime computation of an illegal index
> value is not prevented by narrowing subtypes and cannot be statically
> checked.

My vague recollection is that no, it won't unless _you_ explicitly code an
unchecked type conversion. But it's been a while.

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