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Re^4: Writting Perl reserved words in Spanish or other foreign languages

by djp (Hermit)
on Oct 12, 2007 at 01:53 UTC ( #644364=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Interesting that you think learning Pascal was a waste of time. The research I've read about (sorry, no references) indicates that Pascal is a significantly better teaching language than C. The gist was that programmers who learn Pascal first do better than those who learn C first, as they actually learn some programming principles rather than diving straight into high-level assembler. There may be benefits from your Pascal experience that you don't even realize.

On the actual topic, it's widespread practice to use English reserved words in nearly all programming languages. The French produced a version of COBOL with French reserved words, but then they have an Academy devoted to the purity of the French language. Any other instances?


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Re^5: Writting Perl reserved words in Spanish or other foreign languages
by swampyankee (Parson) on Oct 12, 2007 at 17:12 UTC

    Back when I was in college (my source code editor was an IBM 029), my alma mater had versions of its language (IITRAN) in Spanish and French.


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    Information about American English usage here and here.

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Re^5: Writting Perl reserved words in Spanish or other foreign languages
by Argel (Prior) on Oct 12, 2007 at 23:46 UTC
    Is C really that much more difficult to teach in? Difficult enough that it justifies creating an entirely new language? I stopped using Pascal as soon as I learned C (so it never survived college) and looking around today Pascal seems to have faded into obscurity -- how good of a language was it exactly?

    And was all of that hand-holding it provided worth it? Pointers can be confusing as heck but is that because the concept is confusing or because computer basics were never taught? And if they were never taught then why was that? Perhaps because Pascal let the teachers avoid the subject?

    I think the time spent creating a new language could have been better spent developing a better Computer Science Curriculum. The Harvard Calculus Reform Project (aka Calculus Consortium at Harvard) comes to mind.

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