What is Expressiveness in a Computer Language
David Squire
David.Squire at no.spam.from.here.au
Tue Jun 20 16:29:36 CEST 2006
Andreas Rossberg wrote:
> Rob Thorpe wrote:
>>>
>>>> No, that isn't what I said. What I said was:
>>>> "A language is latently typed if a value has a property - called it's
>>>> type - attached to it, and given it's type it can only represent values
>>>> defined by a certain class."
>>>
>>> "it [= a value] [...] can [...] represent values"?
>>
>> ???
>
> I just quoted, in condensed form, what you said above: namely, that a
> value represents values - which I find a strange and circular definition.
>
But you left out the most significant part: "given it's type it can only
represent values *defined by a certain class*" (my emphasis). In C-ish
notation:
unsigned int x;
means that x can only represent elements that are integers elements of
the set (class) of values [0, MAX_INT]. Negative numbers and non-integer
numbers are excluded, as are all sorts of other things.
You over-condensed.
DS
NB. This is not a comment on static, latent, derived or other typing,
merely on summarization.
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