David Green wrote:
My feelings are Perl 6 should stick to 0 being the index of the first
element of a list. Otherwise we might alienate programmers from P5 and
nearly every other language. Couldn't the first array index be adjusted
by adding a user defined Parrot grammar definition that applies the
transformation +1 inside  operators instead; maybe this could be
accessible via a Perl "use" pragma.
On 2/5/07, David Green wrote:
Then we wouldn't need * to count backwards, although it's still
useful to allow us to count past the end of an array. There are all
sorts of variations on this scheme, such as whether * is the last
element or the one after that, etc., or whether 0 should be the first
element or the last, and so on.
In some ways, I like not having a  index at all: programmers may be
used to counting from zero, but normal humans start with first,
second, third, ... third last, second last,...