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The variations that have to be built into the syntax make it a minefield of "incorrect syntax" notices, because how the Hell are you to know when you're going wrong, when you're told "Just do English"?
And, as you say, making it multi-lingual would be a nightmare -- e.g. the Dutch conditional term (the English-language "if") translates to "when", but "when" would used for something else. And there would be millions of such "natural" errors.
And the worst part about English is that, although it seems that there's lots of redundancy, because it has lots of synonyms, each synonym for each word has nuances and/or usages that the other synonyms don't have, and many of those nuances/usages would have to be built into the "plain-English" language, so that'd be another minefield, where you can't know if you're using the right synonym unless you read a couple of million lines of the base code.
Still, our little friend should have realised by now that he's trolling people who know what they're talking about, so I'll quit the thread -- unless, of course, real people find it an interesting or fun thing to talk about.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Nope- plain English programming seems like a great idea, if only it could be that simple. Java applications have traditionally been very sensitive to the runtime library versions, and we are finding that .net is heading in this direction, probably the reasoning for the big push away from desktop app development into the web app paradigm.
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I haven't read the book yet, but I just downloaded it. The table of contents looks great! I've often wished for a book that dealt with all these fundamental concepts in one package. I look forward to reading it!