[Baypiggies] Type checking - argument for it being bad practice?

Seth Friedman sfseth at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 18:18:46 CEST 2010

Hey everyone,

Thanks for all your thoughts, it's been educational.  I pretty much agree
with everything that's been said - I don't know the root of the "avoid type
checking!" school and maybe I was misinterpreting, but this has all been
very interesting.

About the "it depends" - totally.  I might be a more paranoid programmer
than average, but it's great to see so many takes on this problem space.

Thanks again,

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM, Charles Merriam
<charles.merriam at gmail.com>wrote:

> At the risk of diving into the religious debate, I'll add my thoughts:
> 1.  Type checking trades off catches programming errors at the cost of
> programmer time.  Specific circumstances affect the answer, such has
> how many different programmers will use a module.
> 2.  There are other trade offs related to type checking.  For example,
> using the prefix "r" in front of raw input strings provides an
> equivalent trade-off without using the internal type system.
> As with any trade-off, it is safe to answer "it depends".
> Charles Merriam
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