static this sucks, we should deprecate it

Walter Bright newshound1 at
Sun May 31 14:13:18 PDT 2009

BCS wrote:
> An executable that never works and fails with a resonable error message 
> at startup is *loads* better than one that either silently runs 
> incorrectly (generates bad results) or erratically fails. I see a 
> *major* difference.

Not just a major difference, but a fundamental one.

A failure that happens obviously and repeatably is fundamentally 
different from a failure that goes unnoticed or is not repeatable.

A basic principle of developing robust systems is to make any failures 
obvious. That's why, for example, airplanes have things that must be 
removed before flight attached to big red flags that hang outside. You 
don't really want to find out after you're airborne that your pitot 
tubes still have the dust cap on!

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