Re: Ignoring Type Differences

"Joachim Durchholz" <>
18 Jul 2001 19:56:21 -0400

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From: "Joachim Durchholz" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 18 Jul 2001 19:56:21 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 01-07-074
Keywords: types
Posted-Date: 18 Jul 2001 19:56:21 EDT

Ken and Kristi LaPoint <> wrote:
> Can anyone tell me when you might want the compiler to ignore type
> differences in an expression?

If the "compiler" isn't compiling but doing something else (say,
prettyprinting, extracting documentation la Javadoc, extracting
interface information for inter-language bindings etc.).

Another setting would be if the code in question is never called, or if
it's expected to fail when called (such as during debugging, when
writing test stubs etc.). Typeless languages use this to their
advantage, as you can start to do testing before all type
inconsistencies have been sorted out.


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