Geek Smithology

June 27, 2006

Static Typing Sucks, a Prologue?

Filed under: Craft of Dev by Nathan @ 8:58 pm

Static types give me the same feeling of safety as the announcement that my seat cushion can be used as a floatation device.
— Don Roberts

To antonymously crib Roger Ebert, I love, love, love this quote.

I don’t know about you guys, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a ClassCastException (or an InvalidCastException, for that matter) that wasn’t a glaring bug. When will these people learn? Looks like C# is starting to get it in 3.0, but I don’t imagine Java will catch on anytime soon.

Yeah, Ruby has no static typing. But don’t let that scare you, let it free you. Because when you’re free-flying with Ruby, you don’t need any safety net.

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