Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Tue Sep 5 19:28:51 CEST 2000
Jonadab the Unsightly One wrote:
> The trouble with that kind of variable is that it forces
> strong typing, which is bad for those of us who prefer
> type-checking to be on another continent while we're busy
> trying to write code. I have yet to learn the language
> (though I haven't learned Python yet; gearing up to do that)
> which is quite as loosely typed as I want.
Python is actually quite strongly typed, it just doesn't require
declarations of the types of variables to be used, and they can be
a = 1 # a refers to an int
a = '1' # a now refers to a string
a = open('/a/file') # a now refers to a file object
> Inform is the
> closest, but you can't always tell the difference between
> all types at runtime, which is troublesome occasionally.
That's sort of the flip side of weakly-typed languages; if they're
weakly typed then you have to play games when you _do_ need to know the
type of an object.
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