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Vincent O'Sullivan

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Re: English-centric Programming Languages vs DSLs Posted: May 17, 2006 4:57 AM
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It looks interesting but since it appears to cost $100 to try it out, I'll have to pass on it.

Curiously (and this is a trivially minor point) for a language that proposes a new future, the example uses imperial units for measurement, e.g. "1/16th inch". Given that no one outside the United States uses inches any more - does it also understand metric units?

John Cowan

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Re: English-centric Programming Languages vs DSLs Posted: Jul 18, 2006 12:40 PM
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I understand that one of the main selling points of Java in Japan in the early days was the ability to write identifiers in natively spelled Japanese. Using romanization was possible with earlier programming languages, but it's awkward.

The early programming language Focal had a set of binary patches that you could load in to localize everything, including the keywords of the language (SET, TYPE, DO, GOTO, etc.) into Spanish.

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