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dart2js: `main` receives an argument which is not a `List<String>` #36627

eernstg opened this Issue Apr 15, 2019 · 0 comments


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eernstg commented Apr 15, 2019

Cf. dart-lang/dart-pad#1009, dart2js generated programs invoke the main function of a script with an argument which is not of type List<String>.

main(args) {
  print(args is List<String>); // Prints 'false'.

The specification requires that it is a List<String>, here, and this would also be a reasonable choice in practice.

With a declared type (main(List<String> args)) the execution actually throws already before the body of main starts execution, i.e., the argument type is subject to a dynamic type check. This would not be necessary in a situation where the provided argument has been created by platform code and is already known to have type List<String>.

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