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Discussion on: Why is an IDE for Interpreted Languages "Overkill?"

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Josh Hawkins Author

That's not exactly true, though. Thinking primitively for a second, IDEs can still make approximations, as do linters like Rubocop. They can't provide guarantees in all cases, but at least approximations for types, lifetimes/scopes, signatures...

Just look at PyCharm, RubyMine. Both do a stellar job of reading between the lines to tell all of this for you via static analysis.

Some languages even provide language servers to do just this without evaluating the code. Even though it's a compiled language, Go IDEs do it this way, for instance. In fact, tons of languages have language servers to do this via static analysis, if I understand correctly: langserver.org/

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DrBearhands

Oh sure, I meant it as a generic remark.