Python is DOOMED! Again!

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at
Thu Jan 29 22:12:31 CET 2015

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:11:56 AM UTC-6, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> But what are type declarations in statically typed
> languages like C, Pascal, Haskell, etc.? They are used by
> the compiler for static analysis. The same applies to type
> declarations in dynamically typed languages like Cobra and
> Julia. And yet, there they are, in the executable code.
> So there are a whole lot of languages, going all the way
> back to 1950s languages like Fortran, to some of the
> newest languages which are only a few years old like Go,
> both dynamically typed and statically typed, which do
> exactly what you say languages "cannot and should not" do:
> they put type information used for static analysis there
> in the code.
> As I said, these languages disagree with you. You are not
> just arguing against Guido, but against the majority of
> programming language designers for 60+ years.

Are we really going to base our design decisions on the same
emotional "need to belong" that a 14 year girl bases clothing
purchases on? Following your logic, it's high time we adopt
braces, since they have been just as long!

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