The brains behind the idea
Co-founder of RemoteInterview, Asad Memon is the person behind this great idea. He is also the person behind StartupList.pk which is a Pakistani version of CrunchBase. Aside from being a programmer, Asad Memon is contributing to the society by hosting educational sessions based on everything related to programming.
“I developed it with a goal to make programming more accessible to beginners from South Asia. UrduScript uses Urdu words and analogies to convey programming concepts. Subsequently, making it easy to get started without remembering hard commands and keywords”
A programme for the beginners
Analogies are a common part of programming language as they make it easier for the person to understand what specifically a certain command does. In fact, the whole concept of object oriented programming lies on the basic analogies used for a certain object with different properties and classifications.
With UrduScript, these analogies are used in simple Urdu language. You can declare a variable by simply typing ‘rakho’. The basic statements are converted to ‘agar’ and ‘warna’ which are pretty common and simple Urdu words.
However, certain questions have been raised if this is actually enough or not? A number of people asked that why Asad did not use the actual Persian script of Urdu or pure Urdu instead of this one? Asad gave the following four reasons as an answer to those people:
- Persian-like alphabets are not native to our keyboard
- The default non-nastaliq font is hard to read
- Right-to-left coding style is horrible
- Newer generation is adapting Urdish rapidly
He also added:
“If you are an experienced programmer, you might find this stupid. Per ye apke liye nahin ha”
Contribute to the cause
Even after all this, Asad can’t do all of this work by himself and he needs people to contribute to the cause in one way or the other. Even if you aren’t a programmer, you can still contribute to this revolutionary idea.