lunes, 25 de agosto de 2008

Why I wrote about Programming in Spanish?


Some of you might think..."You're from Peru, right? You mother language is Spanish, right? Why wouldn't you write about Programming in Spanish?". All are valid points, but...

Even when this might seem kinda unusual...I prefer English over Spanish...It's true...I love speaking, writing or reading in English...So why I don't write about Programming in English? Easy...Spanish, while it's being speak by a lot of people from a lot of countries is not widely supported...I mean...Best programming books are written in English, and let's face it...Many Spanish speakers doesn't speak or read in English, so they are forced to read on-line manuals, translated books (Not all good books are translated), so in fact, they are loosing a lot...

I have asked a lot of people about ABAP related stuff, and they told me...I haven't learn that because there's no info available on Spanish, and of course, I'm not trying to state that my books are the best solution available in Spanish, but at least, they are in a language that all of my Spanish related colleagues can read and share...By knowing the English language I had been able to read a lot, so I know exactly the type of quality I want for my books...A lot of pictures, example and easy to understand terminologies.

I remember that when I was working on my first ABAP Book..."El Arte de Programar SAP R/3" I contacted someone from SAP Press...He told me..."We would love to publish your book, but only accepted languages are English and German"...No complains about it, they had their way to work, and it's cool...But I don't know German and there's so many great book on English written by friends of mine that I didn't want to overwhelm Spanish speakers with another book in English written by someone who could actually do the same on Spanish...

Of course, I'm planning to do translations of all my books into English...No doubt about it...Many people has asked me to do so...So I'm not going to fail them...But I just feel that my books should come first in Spanish and then in English.

Sometimes I feel like the Latin American market is not being taken in account by most of the enterprise companies...Even when there's a lot of people from Latin America working on those products...

This year, I run Community Day Lima (A event hosted by SAP worldwide) because SAP doesn't hosted in Peru. Why? Because there's no enough people involved on SCN (SAP Community Network), why? Because all the information is presented only in English...So it becomes an vicious circle...Companies doesn't support Latin America, because there's not enough Latin American people, and Latin America doesn't get involved in Companies because they doesn't know English...

I know that this is very hard to change...But I really hope that someday I could be able to see mixed communities...Having separate spaces for both English and Spanish speakers (About other languages...Wrote your own rants!...)

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Greetings,

Blag.