[plt-scheme] Re: macro question

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 11 07:54:52 EDT 2008

Now try DrScheme to get *real* support for navigation, in an UNtyped  
language. When Eclipse can draw the arrows, I might consider  
switching -- Matthias

On Jun 10, 2008, at 11:29 PM, mhcoffin wrote:

>> My personal opinion is that types do not significantly improve  
>> readability
>> of programs. A good similarity between data structure and the  
>> structure of
>> the procedures acting on these data is far more important, I think  
>> (this I
>> did experience, but not invent by myself, of course)
> I don't know if this falls under "readability", but it's enormously
> easier to provide good IDE support for a language with an explicit
> type system. When I'm reading unfamiliar Java code, I can use Eclipse
> to navigate directly from the use of a variable to its declaration to
> the definition of its type, etc. On the other hand, if I'm reading
> unfamiliar Python code, each of those steps is difficult and error-
> prone. For a small program, that might not make much difference, but
> when I'm faced with trying to understand a tiny corner of a 10- 
> million-
> line code base, explicit types are awfully useful sign posts.
> -mike
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