Ada Programming/Attributes/'First

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Description edit

X'First, where X is any scalar subtype (for example integer, enumerated, real), is an attribute that represents the first value (lower bound) in the range of X.

A'First, where A is an array, denotes the first index value. For more-dimensional arrays, A'First(N) denotes the first index value of the Nth dimension (N must be static).

Example edit

type My_Enum is (Enum1, Enum2, Enum3);
type My_Int  is range -1 .. 5;
pragma Assert (My_Enum'First = Enum1);   -- OK
pragma Assert (My_Int'First  = -1);      -- OK
pragma Assert (My_Int'First  =  0);      -- Wrong!

See also edit

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Ada Reference Manual edit