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

Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Mon Dec 12 18:37:22 CET 2011

On Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:40:03 -0500
Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 12/12/2011 4:00 AM, Masklinn wrote:
> > On 2011-12-12, at 09:55 , Terry Reedy wrote:
> >> On 12/12/2011 12:59 AM, Mike Meyer wrote:
> >>> 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.
> The question of typing is somewhat orthogonal to that of naming value 
> objects versus storage locations. There are strong stactic typed
> named value languages like ML. They even require different operators
> for int and float arithmetic, just like assembler.

Yup. You can also find dynamically typed named locations languages,
like BCPL (though "untyped" might be more descriptive). It also has
different operators for int and float arithmetic, because the
locations don't have type information, so it has to come from the


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