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[7]: Comment by RareBreed
by satsujinka on Thu 17th Jan 2013 01:04 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by RareBreed"
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Of course it is a generalization, however, it's a perfectly valid one. There are very concrete reasons to prefer strong typing to weak typing in nearly all cases.

If anything, complex models dictate strong typing. If simply to give you appropriate guarantees and sign posts for navigating the model. It's simple models in which adhering to rules isn't so important. For example, your cat is a simple model having just 4 properties to vary on (plus animal type, if we're dealing with other animals.)

A strongly typed language is a strongly typed language, no matter when the enforcement occurs. Static types merely help catch violations sooner, but you're still not allowed to violate the system if we check later.

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