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I see now that Racket has types. At first glance it seems to be almost identical to Haskell typing. But is Lisp's CLOS covering some of the space Haskell types cover? Creating a very strict Haskell type and an object in any OO language seems vaguely similar. It's just that I've drunk some of the Haskell kool-aid and I'm totally paranoid that if I go down the Lisp road, I'll be screwed due to dynamic typing.

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CL type system is more expressive than the Haskell one, e.g., you can have a type (or (integer 1 10) (integer 20 30)) for a value 1,2,...9,10,20,21,...,20.

However, Lisp compilers does not force their understanding of type safety down your throat, so you can ignore their "notes" - at your own risk.

This means that you can write Haskell in Lisp (so to speak) by declaring all value types and carefully making sure that all the necessary types are inferred, but then it is easier to use Haskell in the first place.

Basically, if you want strong static typing, use Haskell or OCaml, if you want strong dynamic typing, use Lisp. If you want weak static typing, use C, if you want weak dynamic typing, use Perl/Python. Each path has its advantages (and zealots) and disadvantages (and detractors), so you will benefit from learning all of them.

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Anyone using terms like "force type safety down your throat" does not understand what type safety is or why it's useful. –  Mason Wheeler Feb 17 '13 at 5:05
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@MasonWheeler: anyone making a sweeping conclusion from a single phrase will find himself wrong more often than otherwise. Like, e.g., in this case. –  sds Feb 17 '13 at 6:00
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Since the topic is languages, the term "down your throat" is appropriate and apt imagery. –  luser droog Feb 17 '13 at 7:30
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@KChaloux: I meant "expressive", as clarified by the example. –  sds Mar 21 '13 at 15:40
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Expressive is another woefully ill-defined term people generally use to mean "good for me personally". –  KChaloux Mar 21 '13 at 15:43

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