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Fence post error (was: CONLANG Digest -)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 5, 2000, 2:54
Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...> wrote:

> If you've heard about the "fence post error", you probably know that some > programmers refer to the first element of an array, as the nullth. However, > calling the 1th the "first" would be absurd, so some call that the on(e)th. > (nollte och ente elementet). However, I'm adviced to not do that.
What's the fence post error? I assume those are C/C++ programmers, aren't they? --Pablo Flores