Should I use Low/High for arrays?

Hi

I use a lof of dynamic arrays, and I always use this to loop through them:

for I := 0 to Length(Array) - 1 do

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I use this a lot.

Should I be using this instead?:

for I := Low(Array) to High(Array)  do

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I did see this around, but never thought I should look into it further.

Is it the same? Or is one better? Do you recommend one over the other?

Thanks!
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mlmccCommented:
If your arrays always start at 0 then the use of 0 will be faster than calculating the low start value.  
Low will always start at the beginning of the array and it allows you to use arrays that aren't indexed using integers.
For instance you might want to count the letter frequency in a paragraph or text file
It might make sense to use arrays that are indexed with the character  
   LetterCount['A']

High is probably more readable than length since length has other more intrinsic meanings than the number of elements in an array.  Again if you use an array that is indexed by something other than integers then HIGH will work better.

Even for arrays that are indexed by integers you could use a non-zero based start.
Like to track high and low temperatures you might use an array that is indexed using
    TempCount[-25 .. 100]

mlmcc

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Delphi_developerAuthor Commented:
Thank you, mlmcc. Yes, I have only integer indexed arrays.

So, I would use:

for I := 0 to High(vArray) do 

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Right? I like this, because in all these years and probably 1000s of for loops, I did miss a couple of  - 1 before do  and it was not good.

I use Delphi XE7, in case there is any other, better, option to do this in this version.

Thanks!
mlmccCommented:
If the arrays are always 0 based that will work.

If there is a chance the arrays are not 0 based use

for I := Low(vArray) to High(vArray) do

mlmcc
jimyXCommented:
> Is it the same? Or is one better? Do you recommend one over the other?

They are the same, as long as your point is the returned values.

For clarity, I recommend using Low(Array) as it provides easy way for ignoring the initial counter for the array but paying a little bit CPU cycles extra.
High(Array) against Length, has the added value of dropping the (-1).
Delphi_developerAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys!

I will use for i := 0 to High(Array) do
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