An Experimental Evaluation of Data Type Conventions

@article{Gannon1977AnEE,
  title={An Experimental Evaluation of Data Type Conventions},
  author={John D. Gannon},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1977},
  volume={20},
  pages={584-595}
}
The language in which programs are written can have a substantial effect on the reliability of the resulting programs. This paper discusses an experiment that compares the programming reliability of subjects using a statically typed language and a “typeless” language. Analysis of the number of errors and the number of runs containing errors shows that, at least in one environment, the use of a statically typed language can increase programming reliability. Detailed analysis of the errors made… CONTINUE READING
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