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One "use" of PHP re-casting variables on-the-fly that I see in use often is when retrieving data from external sources (user input or database). It lets coders (note that I did not say developers) ignore (or not even learn) the different datatypes available from different sources. One coder (note that I did not say developer) whose code I have inherited and ...


To a programing language academic, dynamic and static languages pretty much exclusively refers to the type systems. This is often shorthand for statically typed or dynamically typed. It is also often mentioned, especially in classes, that a more correct term is statically checked types or dynamically checked types. Static vs. dynamic type checking has ...

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