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From: Beman Dawes (beman_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-12-11 09:48:00

At 09:17 AM 12/11/2000 -0500, Ronald Garcia wrote:

>Another issue which may come to mind with respect to arrays is
>modifying the index value, perhaps to index by 1 as Fortran
>does. Blitz++ allows this for instance, as well as arbitrary
>indexing. I'm not convinced that this should be a feature in such a
>library. For starters, I don't think users of such a library should
>be writing Fortran code in C++. While it may make a few cases more
>convenient during writing, it can lead to a maintenance nightmare
>(where does my index start?). Indexing of that sort can be handled
>external to the library. This issue is different from the issue of
>adding a Fortran view in that the fortran view doesn't alter the
>interface as seen by the library user (so long as indices are not
>changed to start at 1).

FWIW, I've heard this argument several times from members of the C++
standards committee, with much nodding of heads in agreement as it was
being made.


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