What is the appeal of dynamically-typed languages?
Kris Nuttycombe asks:
I genuinely wish I understood the appeal of unityped languages better.
Can someone who really knows both well-typed and unityped explain?
I think the terms well-typed and unityped are a bit of question-begging here (you might as well say good-typed versus bad-typed), so instead I will say statically-typed and dynamically-typed.
I'm going to approach this article using Scala to stand-in for static typing and Python for dynamic typing. I feel like I am credibly proficient both languages: I don't currently write a lot of Python, but I still have affection for the language, and have probably written hundreds of thousands of lines of Python code over the years.