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Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax

On Fri, 2003-10-17 at 16:25, Deryk Barker wrote:
> Thus spake Pigeon (jah.pigeon@ukonline.co.uk):
> > On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 04:15:48AM -0700, Tom wrote:
> > > [OT, sorry -- but question is obscure, will be hard to google]
> > > 
> > > Are any non-english-speaking readers aware of High-level programming 
> > > languages using non-English syntax?  Like, could I find a French C 
> > > compiler that uses "pour" instead of "for" and "si" instead of "if"?
> > 
> > You could stick #include "francais.h" in your C source, where
> > francais.h contains:
> > 
> > #define pour for
> > #define si if
> > #define casser break
> > 
> > or something like that...
> I notice we've all essentially been suggesting French *vocabulary*
> rather than syntax, as originally requested...

His examples are about vocabulary; thus the discussion followed
that train of thought.

> However, once upon a time there was a French version of COBOL, in
> which all the English words were replaced by their French equivalents
> (OUVREZ for OPEN, etc).

Why am I not surprised?

> Incidentally, few things can compare with the bizarre appearance of
> programs in COBOL (with its English keywords) written by non-English
> speakers.
> I can remember seeing COBOL programs written in Norwegian and
> Afrikaans, which (for the non-Norwegian and/or Afrikaans speaker) had
> to be seen to be believed.

Other than it being wordy, what's the difference between COBOL 
written by Afrikaaners and Pascal, FORTRAN, Visual Basic, C, etc?

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals

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