aleax at aleax.it
Thu Sep 19 11:29:43 EDT 2002
holger krekel wrote:
> Lance wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Last night I attended a Weak typing, C++ Templates, and Python talk by
>> Bruce Eckel. It was great, my introduction to Python.
>> I'm sold on Python and weak typing.
> I am not. But i much prefer dynamic over static typing :-)
> What is 'weak typing' supposed to mean, anyway? I have heard that a
> couple of times from java-people because they tend to think that python
> is not strongly typed.
$a = "2.3";
$b = 45;
emitting 47.3 is pretty close to what I consider "weak typing". I
find it very hard to produce substantial, large programs using
weakly-typed languages. Python is strongly, albeit dynamically,
typed, as you say. Unfortunately, some seminal material of a few
decades ago confused terminology (I vaguely remember something
about it in some early article about Scheme, for example).
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