[Python-ideas] Python Isn't Perfect: adding a 'gotchas' section to the tutorial

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Dec 12 09:55:57 CET 2011


On 12/12/2011 12:59 AM, Mike Meyer wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:34:07 -0500
> Ned Batchelder<ned at nedbatchelder.com>  wrote:
>
>> Richard, I don't think I can provide you with a "why" for dynamic
>> typing.
>
> And this is the wrong place to ask. Dynamic typing and naming objects
> dates back to the precursors to LISP in the mid 50s. You should be
> asking the people who made that decision.

List was designed for writing algorithms.

> By the same token, have you asked anyone why C/Java/etc. have static
> typing and name locations? It's an equally valid question.

C was designed for writing a computing machine operating system with 
mutable sequential memory slots numbered from 0 to 2**n - 1.

In this respect, Python is much more like List than C, even though its 
syntax is more like C.

-- 
Terry Jan Reedy




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