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[Article] Why you are NOT becoming a programmer/software developer within a month

 
Joachim Rohde
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I translated a small article that I wrote last year: Why you will NOT become a programmer/software developer within a month
I mainly wrote this article for all the overambitious beginners who believe to know everything after reading their first book about programming, to show that programming is more than knowing a bit of syntax.
Feedback would be appreciated (especially from native speakers. Translating can be really cumbersome :-/ )
 
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If you want feedback on the translation, I'd start with the title: a native speaker would use future tense there:

"Why you will NOT become a programmer/software developer within a month"
 
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Wow, that was fast. Thanks. I've changed that.
 
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Joachim Rohde wrote:I translated a small article that I wrote last year: Why you will NOT become a programmer/software developer within a month
I mainly wrote this article for all the overambitious beginners who believe to know everything after reading their first book about programming, to show that programming is more than knowing a bit of syntax.
Feedback would be appreciated (especially from native speakers. Translating can be really cumbersome :-/ )


Thanks for the informative article. I always had a feeling that this was true. I am a complete newbie to CS and java is the first thing i am learning. So, i need articles like these to enrich myself.

Keep up the good work
regards
rb
 
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Well, there's quite a few places in there where native English speakers would say things a bit differently. But really, it's Good Enough™. However just one thing: there's no verb "to administrate" in English. (That must be a back-formation from "administration".) The right phrase is "to administer".
 
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@Paul: Thanks for the feedback. I corrected the verb.
@Rahul: Also thanks for the feedback. Nice that you liked the article.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:However just one thing: there's no verb "to administrate" in English. (That must be a back-formation from "administration".) The right phrase is "to administer".


While I'd agree that "to administer" is better, dictionaries don't appear to agree that there's no such word. The OED quotes references going back to the 17th century.
 
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17th century? Newly invented words? - That's Shakespeare, obviously. He probably wrote something about administrating in-house servants so they fulfill your request faster or such; one of his more neglected pieces.

SCNR.
 
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Matthew Brown wrote:
Paul Clapham wrote:However just one thing: there's no verb "to administrate" in English. (That must be a back-formation from "administration".) The right phrase is "to administer".


While I'd agree that "to administer" is better, dictionaries don't appear to agree that there's no such word. The OED quotes references going back to the 17th century.


Okay, fair enough. I should have checked, but <lame-excuse>my library just switched to a new system and their access to the OED doesn't seem to work with its login</lame-excuse>.
 
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