does lack of type declarations make Python unsafe?

Donn Cave donn at
Tue Jun 17 18:33:50 CEST 2003

In article <3EEE7D4C.DA0B3512 at>,
 Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote:
> Pah!  We're not talking about a bunch of morons here, we're talking about
> intelligent people who might not have encountered a particular approach
> which could allow them to improve the quality of their output.  Why
> would you think people aren't intelligent enough to understand that
> nothing is an absolute, that no process or language or generalization
> of any kind will ever be adequate for all possible situations?  If I've
> said something that claims XP or TDD will work for everyone, always, 
> then I hereby take it back, but I'm sure I haven't said such a thing
> unless it was in one of my 3:30 in the morning after a lousy few hours
> of sleep kind of postings...

He's not the only one who gets a message something like that
from the unit testing advocates on c.l.p.  Without the hyperbolic
``all possible situations'', sure, but more to the point, does
the discussion usually acknowledge significant exceptions, or
rather tend to dismiss them?

   Donn Cave, donn at

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