Make no mistake, I'm NOT in favour of creating a multi-lingual compiler or something like that.
i just find it interesting that nobody complains about this, or Tries to change it. The "real world" doesn't care, the only protests to stuff like that are based on "principles" of people who have no real stake in the matter... and I'm glad to see programmers are a niche spared from those people ( probably because they haven't figured it out yet or simply don't understand... refer to the importance of a good logical mind as needed in this field)
Background, or I came upon this discussion: I'm Belgian, and as you know (Or SHOULD know
) we have three official languages and a prime minister who speaks only one of those well, French, the second, Flemish, badly and the third, German, not at all as far as I know. And this affronts many of the Flemish speakers here.
Most of whom will never ever need to talk to him in person, so it's actually only a matter of principle, thanks to translation services and the Administrative machine that is a government.
Which I find silly seen as globalisation (unstoppable, wether one likes that or not) causes languages to become more and more regional, in favour of a single worldwide language, which may well turn out to be English.
Sorry Chinese people... you may build most of the chips and whatnots that the world uses, but as this thread shows... it's English that drives it all....