Tag: Languages

FYI: Translated Pages To Start Appearing Soon On Deploy360 Site

List of six UN languagesAs Chris noted in his recent “Onwards and Upwards” post, one of our 2015 goals for this Deploy360 site is “to translate the most useful and often referenced resources into as many languages as is practical”.  As he went on to note, we’re currently in the process of translating some of those resources into the five languages other than English used by the United Nations.  Specifically:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Russian

I have translations back from the firm we used and expect to be moving those into place over the next couple of weeks.  I wanted to give you all a heads-up about this since the website should show a translated version of the page when you get to a page if a translation is available… and so if you have your browser defaulting to a language other than English you may be surprised when you are visiting here!

Now, to set expectations, I should note that we translated the top 25 most visited resources on the site as well as the pages for each topic and the Start Here hierarchy of pages.  It’s not the whole site, but it’s a start.

I also wanted to post this because there may be a few bumps in the process and I don’t know if there will be impacts to the user experience of visiting this site.  If you do see pages loading strangely on the site, or experience issues with using the site, please be aware that it may be because I’m working on the site.  You are also welcome to report the issues to me.  I also anticipate a chance that some of the translated URLs could change as we experiment with the best way to make the information available.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to being able to share our information with an even larger audience in more languages!

P.S. For those curious about how we are making translations of our pages available, we are using the WPML plugin for WordPress.

Remember Perl? RWW Highlights the Future of Perl 5

Perl org

Remember perl? The “scripting language” that was the one of the first that many of us used on UNIX to automate system administration tasks? And then was later used in the 1990s for a ton of web CGI programming and so much more? And that we could have so much fun with created “obfuscated” programs that looked like gobbledegook but actually did something useful?

I don’t hear much at all about perl these days… and my perception is that many folks are like me in that they moved on from perl to other scripting languages like python, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP and more.

So when ReadWrite Web published article “A Look at the Future of Perl 5.16 and Beyond“, I had to look out of perhaps morbid curiosity… “you mean, people still use perl?”

The slide set from Jesse Vincent embedded in the RWW article is interesting in that it does show the good amount of work being done by the perl faithful to bring more stability and progress to the perl language.

I commend them all for the work… it looks like really good things are happening. Is it enough to make me personally return to working with perl? Probably not, to be honest… but for the sake of all those people who still work with perl… and for people looking for a great multi-purpose programming language with deep roots and a huge base of documentation and usage… it’s good to see the language evolving again!

Quick Way to See What Programming Languages Are Used on Github

Ever wonder what programming languages are the most popular? One way is to look at a programming community and see what is being used within that space. A large community right now in 2011 is the people using Github for git repositories (and I am one of those) and Github nicely provides a URL showing the languages in use:


When I look at the chart at the time I’m writing this post, it looks like this:


This is across 600,000+ developers and close to 1.8 million git repositories.

Given that historically many Ruby developers used git and Github, it’s not surprising to see Ruby there. With JavaScript, I have to wonder if its ranking is due to the phenomenal interest in Node.js and the heavy usage of git and Github within that community. Glad to see my old friend python hanging in there, too. The Microsoft languages like C# are missing… but then they simply may not be well represented within the Github user base.

Like any measurement this can only be taken as language popularity within the Github community. Measurement within another community would give different results. Still, the Github space is very vibrant and dynamic with lots of energy… it’s interesting to see what folks there are using.