Localized Programming Languages

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Teaching programming languages to beginners is not easy, and to aid this process special programming languages and tools have been developed. Many papers have been published about what properties should be present in an introductory programming language. One property that has been left out is localized programming languages.

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Teaching with Localized Programming LanguagesAdeel JavedUniversity of Central PunjabLahore, PakistanExecutive SummaryTeaching programming languages to beginners is not easy, and to aid this process special programming languages and tools have been developed. Many papers have been published about what properties should be present in an introductory programming language. One property that has been left out is localized programming languages. Beginners face difficulty in learning a new programming language and especially when that programming language has keywords from a foreign language. It is always easy to learn something in ones native language. Programmers themselves are in a situation similar to end-users when they do not speak English since that is what most programming languages are based upon. This paper discusses idea of using localized programming languages for teaching, some techniques to implement this idea, their benefits and limitations.Keywords: Teaching, Introductory, Programming Languages, Localization.IntroductionEnglish is so widely spoken, that it has been referred to as a "global language." While English is not the official language in many countries, it is the language most often taught as a second language around the world. Its widespread acceptance as a first or second language is the main indication of its global status.There are numerous arguments for and against English (or any language, for that matter) as a global language. On one hand,

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