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[9]: Comment by RareBreed
by satsujinka on Thu 17th Jan 2013 02:56 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by RareBreed"
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Your cat example was simple, so it deserves a simple implementation. If you'd wanted me to model the complete biological workings of a cat; that'd be an example of a complex model that would very much have components that differ in type. And I'd almost certainly want them to be strongly typed; no using a lung as a leg!

All current development models fail horribly at modeling the real world. Weak typing gives you no leverage here. Dynamic typing gives you no leverage. Structured, functional, or object oriented paradigms give you no leverage. The world is a messy graph that you can't simplify into something nice and neat.

Python is a strong language. There isn't any debate about this. It's simply a fact.

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