Non-declared Variables

"Avatar" <acampbellb@hotmail.com>
16 Oct 2006 09:42:51 -0400

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From: "Avatar" <acampbellb@hotmail.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Oct 2006 09:42:51 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: design, question

I would like to hear people's opinions on the ability to use variables
without declaring them in dynamic languages like Ruby.


It would seem to me that an argument for non-declared local variables
that typically occupy a small scope could be made. But, class
variables? What is the benefit in allowing for runtime definition of
class variables?


Are there real tangible benefits that non-declared, dynamically typed
(at binding time) variables provide? Or do dynamic variables simply
create less compile time errors and more (harder to catch) runtime
errors?


Thoughts?



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