Swan Lake Beta2 is here. ```import ballerina/io;

public function main() {
// 1 belongs to `int`.
io:println(1 is int);
// [10, 20, 30] belongs to `int[]`.
io:println([10, 20, 30] is int[]);

}
```

## Structural Typing

Typing in Ballerina is structural: a type describes a set of values. Ballerina has semantic subtyping: subtype means subset. Universe of values is partitioned into basic types. Each value belongs to exactly one basic type. Can think of each value as being tagged with its basic type. There is a complexity in making structural typing work with mutation.

Immutable basic types (so far): `nil`, `boolean`, `int`, `float`, `string`

Mutable basic types (so far): `array`, `map`, and `record`

``````import ballerina/io;
``````
``````public function main() {
``````
``````    io:println(1 is int);
``````

1 belongs to `int`.

``````    io:println([10, 20, 30] is int[]);
``````

[10, 20, 30] belongs to `int[]`.

``````}
``````
``````bal run structural_typing.bal
true
true
``````
```import ballerina/io;

public function main() {
// 1 belongs to `int`.
io:println(1 is int);
// [10, 20, 30] belongs to `int[]`.
io:println([10, 20, 30] is int[]);

}
```

## Structural Typing

Typing in Ballerina is structural: a type describes a set of values. Ballerina has semantic subtyping: subtype means subset. Universe of values is partitioned into basic types. Each value belongs to exactly one basic type. Can think of each value as being tagged with its basic type. There is a complexity in making structural typing work with mutation.

Immutable basic types (so far): `nil`, `boolean`, `int`, `float`, `string`

Mutable basic types (so far): `array`, `map`, and `record`

``````import ballerina/io;
``````
``````public function main() {
``````
``````    io:println(1 is int);
``````

1 belongs to `int`.

``````    io:println([10, 20, 30] is int[]);
``````

[10, 20, 30] belongs to `int[]`.

``````}
``````
``````bal run structural_typing.bal
true
true
``````

In the creation of Ballerina, we were inspired by so many technologies. Thank you to all that have come before us (and forgive us if we missed one): Java, Go, C, C++, D, Rust, Haskell, Kotlin, Dart, TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, Perl, Flow, Swift, Elm, RelaxNG, NPM, Crates, Maven, Gradle, Kubernetes, Docker, Envoy, Markdown, GitHub and WSO2.