Sunday, June 22, 2014

English translation for "Placentero nos es trabajar"

As a missionary in Guatemala in 1995-1997, I wrote an English translation of the popular Spanish LDS hymn "Placentero nos es trabajar". This version is as literal as I could figure out how to make it while retaining rhyme and meter. I have to admit that even using recent Internet information, I have some trouble finding even the best translation ignoring the musical concerns for a few parts, but I've done my best anyway. The version here is updated some from my original effort. I'm actually working from memory right now, so it might vary some even from previous versions.

There seems to be some additional background on the song here and here.

Anyway, I hope this turns out to be of value to someone someday:

In the vineyard of Jesus our King,
Working hard is for us a delight,
And in honor we'll preach and we'll bring
To his people his law and his light.
For his light, for his light,
In the vineyard of Jesus our King,
For his light, for his light,
We will die in his work as we sing.

Listen ye to the word of the Lord,
With the loy'lty and fervor thereof,
And fore'er in your hearts do record
All his purity, truth, and his love.
With his love, with his love,
Listen ye to the word of the Lord.
With his love, with his love,
Take ye hold of the banner of God.

Oh, dear brothers and sisters, farewell,
For the moment to go now impends.
If in God we by faith persevere,
Past the veil we shall still meet again,
Meet again, meet again!
Oh, dear brothers and sisters, farewell!
Meet again, meet again.
With our God in his love we shall dwell.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Apple's Swift aimed at lock-in?

Well, the programming world's abuzz with Apple's announcement of their new programming language Swift. In their developer docs (not the iBook, since that's more effort to access), it says:
Swift is a new object-oriented programming language for iOS and OS X development. Swift is modern, powerful, and easy to use.
With no hint of open source, I suspect they truly mean "for iOS and OS X".

So, while it looks like a nice language, both in large things and small (though I don't agree with all their decisions), there's not much point in this language except for those already firmly in the Apple camp. This very nice system seems aimed squarely at making Apple developers more firmly just Apple developers.

And I distrust Apple as a corporation. Whatever prior art exists, I fear they'll have patents to dissuade 3rd-party implementations, unless they decide cooperation is in their business interests. Nice as it is, I guess I won't be touching it, unless Apple at some point makes a policy about being open with it.

Too bad. Though I do hope they prove me wrong sooner than later.

At least many other good options are already available.

(And on the topic of needing to be nice, I'm really just trying to say the issues that matter to me here. And I really would love Apple to prove me wrong.)