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

Masklinn masklinn at masklinn.net
Mon Dec 12 10:00:59 CET 2011

On 2011-12-12, at 09:55 , Terry Reedy wrote:
> 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.
I think you meant "lisp" here ;)

>> 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.
On the other hand, there are very few typed assemblies.

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