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Much Ado About Nothing

February 2nd, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today in Dynamic Language camp, we were discussing some of the myths and realities that surround the new darlings of the development world – you know things like “Ruby isn’t enterprise”, “I need the safety of the compiler” and other assorted misconceptions. Anyway, we were talking about the importance of testing in the dynamic space and one of the students brought up null pointers and invariants. I mentioned that static typing wouldn’t prevent someone from passing a null and we went back and forth for a couple of minutes.

The conversation was great (they’re a good group – very talkative which makes my job both easier and *much* more enjoyable – hmm, wonder if any of them are reading teacher’s blog?!?) when, very quietly, another student threw out a killer quote:

“You’re arguing about nothing.”

Now *that* is geek humor! It took a while to sink in and I don’t honestly know if it was intended to be funny but it really cracked me (and the students that heard it) up. Needless to say I had to repeat for everyone’s consumption!

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