What If..... Strong Types
benjl at cse.unsw.edu.au
Sun Jun 16 07:05:01 EDT 2002
Don Garrett <garrett at bgb.cc> wrote in message news:<3D0C0F0D.4030900 at bgb.cc>...
> I'm not suggesting any real changes to any, only proposing a thought
> What if Python had been built from the start with strong types? And I mean
> strong types, not strong typing. The distinction I am trying to draw is that
> variables would not be typed, but that all types would have rigid interfaces.
> I'm just wondering if the change would be good or bad. Would it really
> break anything important in Python today?
Well, it would break my stuff, which is pretty damned important to me :).
Dynamically creating/modifying things on the fly can produce nicer, cleaner
code than would otherwise be possible.
> Would it prevent any common errors?
Possibly but not that many imho.
> Would it help with automated code analysis (compilation and optimization
> included) as much as I think it would?
Possibly, it is probably rather difficult to follow through all the
implications of such as change however.
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