Issue No. 05 - September/October (2007 vol. 24)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2007.142
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.
computer languages, object-oriented languages, programming environments
E. Ernst and D. Ungar, "Point/Counterpoint," in IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. , pp. 72-75, 2007.