Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:15 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "Programming languages are living phenomena: They're born, the lucky ones that don't die in infancy live sometimes long, fruitful lives, and then inevitably enter a period of decline. Unlike real life, the decline can last many, many years as the presence of large legacy codebases means practiced hands must tend the code for decades. The more popular the language once was, the longer this period of decline will be."
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RE[6]: Comment by RareBreed
by ndrw on Thu 17th Jan 2013 00:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by RareBreed"
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There are many programmers out there who prefer weak typing, so "general populace of programmers" is, well, generalization.

I'm somewhere in between. Sometimes I like strong typing (large models with a simple structure), sometimes not (complex or dynamic models). A quick exercise: how (and why) would you classify a small hungry, short-haired, black cat?

Also, while dynamic languages may or may not be strongly typed (semantically), they are all have to be weakly typed during compilation - the only time strong typing actually matters.

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