Python "why" questions

Default User hunguponcontent at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 19:24:34 CEST 2010


Not to prolong a good "food fight", but IIRC, many years ago in QBasic,
one could choose

OPTION BASE 0

or

OPTION BASE 1

to make arrays start with element [0] or element [1], respectively.  Could
such a feature be added to Python without significantly bloating the
interpreter?

Then, if starting with [0] "works for you", nothing really changes.  And if
starting with [1] "works for you", then you are not made to feel like a
second-class citizen, and about as welcome as a dimwit at the Mensa
meeting.

Isn't Python supposed to be simple and accessible, and therefore fun?
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