Optional Static Typing

bearophileHUGS at lycos.com bearophileHUGS at lycos.com
Thu Dec 23 10:49:35 CET 2004

Adding Optional Static Typing to Python looks like a quite complex
thing, but useful too:

I have just a couple of notes:

Boo (http://boo.codehaus.org/) is a different language, but I like its
"as" instead of ":" and "->", to have:
def min(a as iterable(T)) as T:
Instead of:
def min(a: iterable(T)) -> T:

Sometimes it can be useful to mix parts with static typing and parts
without it in the same module (because dynamic typing is very useful
sometimes), but some other times you want to be sure to have a full
typed and checked module. So maybe a kind of compiler directive (like
the # used to define encoding) can be used to define a module fully
typed and fully checked by a pychecker-like. (A module with static
typing can be very useful for a "true" python compiler too.)
Bear hugs,

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