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Not the same language - but based on the same constructs

Walking through Melksham at lunch time ... I came across a sign that made me smile, and may make any readers from the USA cough and splutter.

I've always been British, Lisa originated from the USA, and we've gotten very used to the quirks of the different languages - for American English and British English are indeed two different languages as the computer folks have realised with en-US and en-GB.

I can read and listen to American and understand, with perhaps a few of the nuances missed, and I can read and listen to English, missing rather less ... and I can speak and write English too. And that's how it s with many folks who are using programming languages.

Johnny's proficient at PHP, which he uses to write web page code all day. He can read Perl when he needs to, but gets rather lost when @ and % turn up, and if he has to make any changes he's likely to have issues with the various bracket types. When he sees Python, he's mystified by the complete lack of $ symbols, and wonders how on earth it can tell variables apart from constants pieces of text.

Keith is a Python programmer ... and feels that all the special characters of PHP and Perl are just plain too complicated and confusing. And Louise is a Perl expect who finds the lack of blocks and semicolons in Python to be disconcerting. But both Loiuse and Keith will recognise the structure of code and have a sporting chance of working out what a piece of code does in another language, even if they can't change it.


en-US United States
en-GB United Kingdom
en-AU Australia
en-CA Canada
en-NZ New Zealand
en-IE Ireland
en-ZA South Africa
en-JM Jamiaca
en-BZ Belize
en-TT Trinindad
(written 2011-10-27)

 
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