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2 points by shader 385 days ago | link | parent

Why are runtime type errors acceptable in Lisp but not in Java? Or was there some other reason for dynamically-scoped variables to be acceptable in Lisp?

2 points by akkartik 385 days ago | link

This side is definitely not absolutist. In my opinion, Java started out encouraging people to rely on the compiler for type errors. We got used to refactoring in the IDE, and if nothing was red we expect no type errors.

With a dynamic language you never start out relying on the compiler as a crutch.

This argument isn't about anything directly technical about the respective compilers, just the pragmatic thought patterns I've observed..