Re: One-based indexes in XPath
"I'm not a devil's advocate. 1-based indexing is the only correct approach to software engineering." Perhaps you are not (a devil's advocate) but that's outright statement ("the only correct approach ..." ) without giving any justification. Re C++, Java, et al. "They aren't modern though." Perhaps modern is not a good qualitative. Let's agree that modern === good. So please enlighten me as to goodness. "0-based indexing is a frequent source of bugs, due to the mismatch in language that now enters the mental thought process." "The first element is numbered 0. It should be numbered 1, because that is the meaning of 1 in an ordinal context - the first item, not the second." Sorry, that is a fuzzy argument. Reminds me of arithmetic tables in primary school :- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Now ask the kids what is more difficult to learn, English or Arithmetic? (when the decade changes on the same row). Colin, seriously no teasing intended .. just a healthy debate .. and soon back to XSLT. Justin Johansson P.S. Good reading is Simon Singh on "Fermat's Last Theorem". The concept of zero was a big thing in math history sublimed only by the invention or discovery (take your pick) of the square root of minus one.
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