Thursday, March 28, 2013

Is your language strongly, weakly, statically or dynamically typed?

Would you describe a programming language to be strongly typed, weakly typed, statically typed or dynamically typed? People often use the terms "strongly typed" and "statically typed" interchangeably, and likewise "weakly typed" and "dynamically typed" are often used to mean the same thing. I think this imprecision of terminology is unfortunate. That is, the definition of strong v.s. weak typing is so vague that I would claim it's possible to see them as completely orthogonal concepts.