[PD] [*] vs [*~]

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Mon Jan 1 23:53:23 CET 2007

On Dec 31, 2006, at 4:32 PM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Sun, 31 Dec 2006, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> On Dec 30, 2006, at 5:27 PM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>>> But how does the type of those cords represent anything else than  
>>> limitations of the implementation? How does the choice of  
>>> considering those things as distinct types, and the choice to not  
>>> auto-convert between types, constitute wise design decisions,  
>>> beyond just being things that we have to accept as fact in the  
>>> context of Pd?
>> Its a design choice, its part of the language.
> This is not an answer to any of the above questions,
> Unless you're asserting that I should not ask such questions.
>> Any implementation would have to include that in order to be  
>> compatible.
> And that's false, unless you include as a requirement that programs  
> that fail to run with pd should also fail with any replacement of  
> pd (which is usually not something considered a requirement).
> Removing type constraints doesn't break compatibility,
> It's not like removing all type information, which would break the  
> parts of programs that make decisions based on type information.

You are free to believe anything you want.  But if you look at all  
the implementations of Java, C, C++, etc. you will see that they all  
handle strong typing, static typing, whatever the exact same way with  
only minor caveats here and there that are usually labeled as  


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