I said the question was still open.
In 1999, there was no well-known static type system that did not suck.
(I discussed SML, an academic research language.)
At the time, Java's type system was a craptastic throwback to the 1970's.
In 2008, I think Java 5.0 is a persuasive argument in favor of static typing.
Let's look at the history a bit.
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