Saturday, September 5, 2009

Re: Static Typing and Functional Languages

I unsuccessfully tried to post a comment on Static Typing and Functional Languages.

First thing to note, is that Functional Java ‘looks’ so ugly, because Java is not naturally suited to expressing these abstractions.

Secondly, type inference appeared in the 1970s, well before Java existed.

Thirdly, the assumption that functional programming implies static typing is difficult. Type system research has been largely motivated by a number of factors over the years, including compiler optimisations for program performance and theorem proving.

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