Floating point calculation problem

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 19:19:41 CET 2013


On 02/02/2013 08:48 AM, Schizoid Man wrote:
> Also, if the cast is necessary, then now exactly does the dynamic typing 
> work?

Dynamic typing isn't referring to numeric type coercion.  It refers to
the fact that a name can be bound to an object of any type.  So if you
made a function like this:

def add (num1, num2):
    return num1 + num2

num1 and num2 could be any type.  Even a custom type if you wanted.
This function would work properly on any type that had implemented the
__add__ method.  And whether or not num2 has to be the same type as num1
depends on whether the num1 type has implemented an __add__ method that
can deal with the type of num2.

Another case where dynamic typing comes into play is in a case know as
duck typing:

def squeeze_duck (duck):
	// return the quack
	return duck.squeeze()


duck can be of any type as well, but as long as it implements the
squeeze method, this function will work with an object of that type.

In a language like C#, duck-typing can only be emulated by using
interface classes.



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