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Re^5: PBP in German out of print - solutions? -- lost in translation

by Discipulus (Abbot)
on Sep 14, 2017 at 09:32 UTC ( #1199382=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: PBP in German out of print - solutions?
in thread PBP in German out of print - solutions?

Hello LanX,

my first thought was the same of shmem as he expressed it above.

> That's a pretty arrogant approach, ..

I cannot see any arrogance from shmem even if he used the shitty adjective related to translations.

> .. our working language is German.

Figure mine is Italian (Eatalian)! It is unuseful to hide ourself behind a little finger: computers world is totally dominated by English language. Olivetti loose the game and PC has born in English speaking lands. Amen.

It is unbelievable that a programmer, a Perl programmer nowadays is unable to read and understand technical documentation in English. I do not say he must able to write and to speak as an English native, but c'mon English is a very simple language to read and understand!

A stack is a stack and the same is for array and tail call .. what if someone present himself here asking for queue call problem while he meant a tail call one?

More: we live in shared world and community: in my opinion even sourcecode must be thought in English, directly. What if you find sourcecode in github in Polish? good luck..

I started coding in Eatalian; it was many years ago: see my second post here (2002) I had to explain a bit the translation of some variable name. I abandoned Eatalian the very same year for source code..

Now I can read and, somehow, write back a good level english, not everytimes but it seems you understand me, so must not be so bad. Consider I never take a course of English at school nor privately.

Can I finally assert that English understanding is unavoidable requisite for a programmer? If your coworkers will spend some time/money in English lessons it can be only a positive thing in perspective.

> And I've seen far too many native English speakers in this business who only excelled in speaking English and in nothing else.

This is another story, an unrelated one: world is full of stupid people

> And too many stupid German bosses with your attitude supporting them...

See above and consider that I cannot see nothing in the shmem answer deserving to be put within stupid German bosses.

That's it.


There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.

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Re^6: PBP in German out of print - solutions? -- lost in translation
by LanX (Cardinal) on Sep 14, 2017 at 09:56 UTC
    At the moment I'm "selling" Perl to non-programmers who can find documentation for other languages (like VB) for free in their native language.

    They all speak English, but PBP has >500 pages, if looking up words for each page stops readers for just half a minute in average we are talking about extra costs of at least 4 hours per person multiplied with a 100€ price per hour for the company.

    This is not calculating the costs to "discuss" a page in two languages.

    I'd rather find a German book from another author then.

    Talking about English speakers, if you go to YAPC::EU you will find that the worst presentations are made by "native speakers".

    They are so ignorant about the problems to communicate in a foreign language, that they use slang vocabulary, heavy accents and even keep transporting clichés and slurs about other cultures.

    In other words: The real conference language is "broken Englsih" and not Cockney.

    BTW: Parlo anche italiano.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Je suis Charlie!

      If you're looking at a cost of EUR 100 per hour, the quoted prices on Amazon suddenly look favourable. Spending EUR 54, EUR 85 and EUR 2xx on three books doesn't sound that expensive then.

        And what if I need more books?


        These prices for used books are calculated by bots, as soon as one is sold the other ones will rise. There is the famous story of a scientific book which was offered for 2 million dollars.

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
        Je suis Charlie!

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