Python "why" questions

Lawrence D'Oliveiro ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Sun Aug 15 12:55:36 CEST 2010

In message <4c5db0ae$0$1641$742ec2ed at>, John Nagle wrote:

>     The languages which have real multidimensional arrays, rather
> than arrays of arrays, tend to use 1-based subscripts.  That
> reflects standard practice in mathematics.

Actually I’d go one better, and say that the languages that have real 
multidimensional arrays allow you to explicitly specify both the lower and 
upper bounds of each dimension. E.g. Ada, ALGOL 68. Heck, even Pascal 
allowed you to do that.

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