PHP, as most of us know, has weak typing. For those who don't, PHP.net says: PHP does not require (or support) explicit type definition in variable declaration; a variable's type is determined ...
This came up in a discussion with a friend, and I found myself hard-pressed to think up an any good arguments. What benefits do weak typing confer?
I wonder why are weakly-typed languages still being actively developed. For example, what benefit can one draw from being able to write $someVar = 1; (...) // Some piece of code $someVar = ...
How does thinking on design patterns and OOP practices change in dynamic and weakly-typed languages?
There is a fairly helpful question already along these lines ("Non-OOP Design Patterns?"), but I am more curious about a transitional point of view for someone just getting started with dynamic and ...
Is changing the type of a variable partway through a procedure in a dynamically typed language bad style?
In Python (and occasionally PHP) where variables do not have fixed types, I'll frequently perform 'type transformations' on a variable part-way through my code's logic. I'm not (necessarily) talking ...
The question came up in a discussion at StackOverflow. Is there a clean distinction between the two concepts cast and convert (concerning the type of an object), or are these two words describing ...
Can a loosely typed programming language like PHP be really considered object oriented? I mean, the methods don't have returning types and method parameters has no declared type either. Doesn't ...
I like languages that give me the ability to extend the syntax of the language. At the same time, all the languages that I know will let me extend the syntax have relatively heavy type systems. Are ...