[Python-ideas] [Python-Dev] Inclusive Range

Wolfgang Rohdewald wolfgang at rohdewald.de
Tue Oct 5 22:31:03 CEST 2010

On Dienstag 05 Oktober 2010, MRAB wrote:
> > About notation, even if loved right-hand-half-open
> > intervals, I would wonder about [a,b] noting it. I guess
> > 99.9% of programmers and novices (even purely amateur) have
> > learnt about intervals at school in math courses. Both
> > notations I know of use [a,b] for closed intervals, while
> > half-open ones are noted either [a,b[ or [a,b). Thus, for
> > me, the present C/python/etc notation is at best
> > misleading. So, what about a hypothetical language using
> > directly math unambiguous notation, thus also letting
> > programmers chose their preferred semantics (without
> > fooling others)? End of war?
> Dijkstra came to his conclusion after seeing the results of
> students using the programming language Mesa, which does
> support all 4 forms of interval.

what was his conclusion?


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