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Re: != TPJ

by Maclir (Curate)
on Aug 29, 2002 at 02:48 UTC ( #193647=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to != TPJ

I note the issue date is "04/09/02". Either this is a US "publication", and thankfully it died back in April, or it is UK publication, and they are a few days ahead of themselves. In either case, anyone that calls themselves a programmer and writes dates in such an ambiguous format is beneath contempt. Didn't they learn anything frm Y2K?

Seriously, when one is outputting dates, to avoid confusion between the US format and the "rest of the world" format, one should spell out the month name. Make it April 9, 2002 - at least those not from the US cannot misinterpret the date. Likewise, 4 September 2002 is equally clear to both US and non-Us readers.

And it should go without saying to include the century - 2002; not "02". Some people never learn.

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Re: Re: != TPJ
by Marza (Vicar) on Aug 29, 2002 at 17:05 UTC

    You make some rather large assumptions. How many programmers can actually write? Some of the worst english skills I have seen are from software engineers. Think about it? How many times have you complained about terrible documentation? Chances are that a programmer wrote it. After all would you rather write code or documentation? ;-)

    With this in mind, you are most likely reading a writer who knows some programming. My friend writes for several WEB magazines and yet she would not call herself a talented web programmer/designer. Yet she is a good writer!

    The date issue is superfluous as it is perfectly correct to write it in that fashion on paper. Y2K issues only matter on computer data.

    Besides the rest of the world needs to keep in mind the US is the world! :PPPPPPPPPPPPP

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