Since we're OT already ...


On Fri, 7 Mar 2003 10:30:55 +0100,
MikkelFJ <mikkelfj-anti-spam / bigfoot.com> wrote:
> 
> "Gennady" <bystr / mac.com> wrote in message
> news:54624900-5067-11D7-A74D-0003939AEA24 / mac.com...
> 
>> necessary abstraction level for algorithmic exercises. I remember
>> looking at a COBOL program (COBOL is the only language I know that have
>> Russian implementation with all keywords translated). In the very least
>> it was perceived as funny and awkward.
> 
> Indeed. Someone got the brilliant idea of translation Visual Basic for
> Applications (VBA) to all sorts of langauges. That whats highly useful
> (not), especially when sharing macros in international orginazations.
> Even now, when this idea has been dumped, we still struggle with "." and ","
> as decimal separators. It's not useful to have these sorts of errors in a
> spreadsheet.

Another story from the trenches: I had a database frontend running fine on
Access 97, but raising errors (something about "actions" (sic!)) on
Access 2000. After changing a field name (!) from "aktion" (german for
action) to "AccessIstDoof" (Access sucks) everything was fine again.

s.