Here we are, I’m taking the plunge. I’ve been considering creating a blog for a while. I really wanted it to be multilingual, which made me ask to myself a couple of technical questions about language handling. As a developer I think this blog will be beneficial.
Most developers anticipate that they don’t have enough experience in order to publish on the web. This is very humble but not always correct! IT development is such a big world that we always find people who are more beginner than we are in any field. Those people are relieved that others faced the same issues before them and put it simply.
Promote local languages
I am stunned by how difficult it is to find local content in the IT world. I know English has become the Lingua Franca in this regard but so many people are not fluent enough when it’s about parsing English-speaking blogs efficiently. It’s a shame that skilled and motivated future devs face this barrier (English cannot be learnt overnight…). Defending local languages is important!
OK I must admit that internationalizing a web app is a lot of additional work, and existing localization tools are hard to use IMHO (but let’s talk about that in a future dedicated post), so I understand that everyone wants to avoid it.
It appears that writing the technical problems you faced in a blog helps structuring your mind and understand concepts better. Let’s see that ! But it is true that this is my main motivation when writing documentation: docs help me remember new concepts much more easily. We must see the blog as another good documentation tool!
Here we go. A quick quote about the above:
Once you get things properly you are able to put it clearly to others.
– Nicolas Boileau