JAOO 2007: Bob Martin and Chad Fowler - Debating Static versus Dynamic Typing
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I recently got the chance to attend
JAOO in Aarhus, Denmark. Besides learning a great amount about various approaches to solving hard problems that we all face as programmers (regardless of the stack we spend most of our time developing on), I got to meet so many
interesting people from all walks of programmer life. What a great conference! For one thing, JAOO is not about specific products. It's not about one company's view of the world. It's not about one class of technologies or developer. It's not just about Java
and LAMP or .NET and Windows...
Bob Martin is the CEO and founder of Object Mentor. He's also an incredible speaker and very passionate about creating "clean", precise, beautiful code. You've seen him on C9 before.
Chad Fowler is CTO of InfoEther, Inc. Chad has been a software developer and manager for some of the world's largest corporations. He is co-founder of Ruby Central, Inc., the non-profit corporation responsible for the annual International Ruby and Rails Conferences, and is a leading contributor in the Ruby community. Clearly, Chad is a dynamic typing kind of guy.
I thought it would be fun to have a little debate centered around the theme of static versus dynamic typing, especially given how popular dynamic language are these days. It was my hope that at the end of the debate it would be made clear what the differences really are and why some prefer dynamic and others static typing. Of course, as developers, we use the right tool for the job, but it's fun to geek out on these types of discussions and we delve into many more related topics.
Tune in and learn.