Python "why" questions

D'Arcy J.M. Cain darcy at
Sat Aug 7 14:54:28 CEST 2010

On Sat, 07 Aug 2010 13:48:32 +0200
News123 <news1234 at> wrote:
> It makes sense in assembly language and even in many byte code languages.
> It makes sense if you look at the internal representation of unsigned
> numbers (which might become an index)
> For a complete beginner common sense dictates differently and there
> might be confusion why the second element in a list has index 1.

Would said beginner also be surprised that a newborn baby is zero years
old or would it be more natural to call them a one year old?  Zero
based counting is perfectly natural.

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