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Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]



On Tuesday 28 October 2003 05:33, Tom wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2003 at 11:20:36PM -0500, Nori Heikkinen wrote:
> > the distinction that's being missed here is that people don't code in
> > english, people use english words as symbols in their code.  there's a
> > huge difference.
>
> Random webpage I have open...
> GtkTreeStore* gtk_tree_store_new            (gint n_columns,
>                                              ...);
>
> there is some language content here, some internal linguistic structure.
> If they were purely logical constructs we'd be as likely to see:
>
> BrownBear* gtk_brownbear_drip (fishnet stars);
>
> as
>
> y=f(x)
> w=u(t)
>
> both convey the same meaning to us.  There's a bit more going on there.

Just to add my opinion as german speaking programmer: I use english for 
programming because its the only language I can be sure every other 
programmer understands. This just ensures that I can share my code with 
others. As far as small programs and scripts are concerned I just use 
english for them because I am used to it..

Johannes
-- 
"More than machinery we need humanity" -- Charlie Chaplin, The Great 
Dictator

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