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My first project after I completed my degree, in the early 1980s, was to use a translation tool for converting the code base from Pascal to a proprietary language. The company saw that as a way to protect their code from being stolen by competitors.

The major lesson learned was that we would have saved a lot of time doing the complete rewrite by hand, without a translation tool. The translator (usually) created "correct" code, but so far from the way a human mind would have written it that it was almost umaintainable without thorough manual cleanup. Comments were "preserved", but not in the right place. Due to varying identifier syntaxes, many identifiers looked like those created by name mangling for overloaded functions - you don't want to work with that sort of names. The target language had some very nice constructs that every programmer would utilize to save a lot of code compared to the Pascal source, but the translator wasn't capable of recognizing those Pascal structures that would match the target mechanisms, or that might match with a few minor adjustments (the way a human translator would have done it).

35+ years later, I guess translators have improved. Yet, my bad experience with them makes me sceptical. It may work if the languages are reasonably similar, such as C++/C# translation, but the further apart the languages are, the less useful will the translation be.
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