[erlang-questions] Why isn't erlang strongly typed?
Tue Oct 21 16:46:14 CEST 2008
On 10/21/08, Steve Davis <> wrote:
> I'm sure that there's a simple and convincing answer to this.
IMHO the reason is two-fold. First - historical, i.e. it was largely
based on Prolog. Second - strong typing would complicated hot code
swapping a lot. Having two versions of single function with different
types accepted would be quite cumbersome to handle. What if there are
multiple nodes in a cluster having different versions of some module?
It wouldn't be easy to handle it in strong typed language, imvho.
Though I'm not saying it is impossible ;)
> I'm finding myself having to dig into the source code of libraries or
> plough through often erratic documentation all the time which really
> slows down productivity. Am I thinking about this all wrong? Is there
> a guiding principle that will help me as I learn?
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