dynamic data types

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Tue Jan 18 01:36:40 CET 2005


Charlie wrote:
> The description of Python always mentions "very high level dynamic data
> types". Now, I can't seem to find any examples of these (nothing
> described with this term anyway). Is this simply refering to built-in
> dynamic data structures such as lists and dictionaries, with a great
> deal of operators defined on? Or is there something else meant by
> "dynamic data types" in Python? 

I'd say this is "list", "dict", "set", all the similar ones,
plus anything custom defined by the programmer... plus probably
just about any other data type in Python, since they're all
"high level", the "very" part is meaningless, and they're
pretty much all more "dynamic" than most similar things in,
say, a language that's, uh, "less dynamic". ;-)

Really, think of it as marketing propaganda, and don't worry
exactly what the original author of the words intended it
to apply to.

-Peter



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