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Point/Counterpoint
September/October 2007 (vol. 24 no. 5)
pp. 72-75
David Ungar, IBM Research
Erik Ernst, University of Aarhus
Point Argument: "Dynamic Languages (in Reactive Environments) Unleash Creativity," by David Ungar. For the sake of creativity, the profession needs to concentrate more on inventing new and better dynamic languages and environments and less on improving static languages. Counterpoint Argument: "Explicitly Declared Static Types: The Missing Links," by Erik Ernst. How do we understand software? Using it is a powerful approach, but it provides examples of properties, not general truths. Some static knowledge is needed. This department is part of a special issue on dynamically typed languages.
Index Terms:
computer languages, object-oriented languages, programming environments
Citation:
David Ungar, Erik Ernst, "Point/Counterpoint," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 72-75, Sept.-Oct. 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.142
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