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New Free O'Reilly Ebook: 'Open Source In Brazil' (oreilly.com) 55

An anonymous reader writes: Andy Oram, who's been an editor at O'Reilly since 1992, has written a new free report about how open source software is everywhere in Brazil. The country's IT industry is booming in Brazil -- still Latin America's most vibrant economy -- with open source software popular in both startups and in cloud infrastructure. Oram attributes this partly to the government's support of open source software, which over the last 15 years has built public awareness about its power and potential. And says the Brazil now has a thriving open source community, and several free software movements. Even small towns have hacker spaces for collaboration and training, and the country has several free software movements.
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New Free O'Reilly Ebook: 'Open Source In Brazil'

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  • Do program languages in non-English speaking countries use English? Only living in the US I don't have any experience programming in another country. Is there a language that would be more efficient other than English?
    • by Anonymous Coward

    • Do program languages in non-English speaking countries use English?

      The keywords (if, else, for, while) are in English. The comments and variable names are often in the local language (Portuguese in this case), but most multi-national teams standardize on English.

    • I'm British, living & working in Brazil.

      The programming language's syntax never changes, however user defined objects & classes will often be in the regional language. That said, it's not uncommon to find English used where there's a well known standardised name for a function.

      For technology in general, even when translations happen to exist, English language documentation & community support tends to be of a far higher quality & up-to-date. The result is that some terms are translated into

    • Excel does translate the keywords. So in Germany we have to write =WENN(...) instead of =IF(...). But real programming languages don't translate keywords.
  • How do they deal with the fact that so much software these days is on the 'cloud?'
    • "The cloud" is just code for "other people's servers". You can use open source to create your own cloud system, and there are many open source technologies to do that.
  • The O'Reilly Media book is not really "free". You must give your email address without any explanation about how it will be used.
  • As soon as the Trump situation has been dealt with and a proper president who serves his company masters as he should do is installed this situation will be dealt with. Like supporting politicians who wants to replace all this by MS software and removing open source proponents from office.

  • by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Sunday February 19, 2017 @06:21PM (#53897033)

    Looks like Microsoft is up to their old tricks and maybe O'Reilly didn't publish fast enough:

    https://fossbytes.com/brazil-r... [fossbytes.com]

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/b... [zdnet.com]

    They have to work really hard to step in and mess things up for countries trying to break free (or for those who DID break free) from proprietary MS products. Brazil has a lot of corruption, so this seems to fit right in :(

    • by iris-n ( 1276146 )

      Nope, this is not due to Microsoft; it is true that they were always pressuring to get the government back on proprietary software. But what changed is that last year there was a coup in Brazil and a legendarily corrupt government took power. They happily accepted Microsoft's bribes and the result is what you see.

  • Regarding "The country's IT industry is booming in Brazil -- still Latin America's most vibrant economy", I think one can make a better case for Chile.

    Brazil's 5-year compound annual growth is 1%, and last year GDP growth was -3.8%. Brazil GDP per capita is $15,615, most recent unemployment was 12%, and inflation is 9%.

    Chile's 5-year CAGR is 3.9%, and last year GDP growth was 2.1%. Chile GDP per capita is $23,460, with unemployment 6.8%, and inflation 4.3%.

    IT outsourcing is more mature in Brazil than Chil

    • by gwolf ( 26339 )

      It is in the long term. This last year, Brazil had a civil coup. The president, in line with over twelve years of impressive economic growth (compare it to Brazil's many neighbouring countries), was outsted and power was given to the vice-president - Who was a bad choice to partner with, coming from the rival party. He immediatly took it to derail the economic path of Lula / Dilma.
      I am Mexican. My wife is Argentinian. We often travel via Brazil, and have many Brazilian friends. And, yes, the economic growth

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