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Looking at the demographics of sites like this one, there seems to be a very heavy US weighing of users. I know there have been discussions about using English as a programmer, but the are some large countries with large programmer bases that must be using localized sites. Countries like Brazil and China, in particular, what sites do programmers go for discussions? Do a lot of the threads link up to English speaking sites like these? In France they obviously prefer their own language, what do the equivalent sites look like?

I don't want to turn this into an English language speaking discussion like this one, it's more a general trans-cultural programming curiosity.

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People tend to go to English speaking website first for one single reason:

There is a higher quantity of quality content on English speaking websites

English is the programmer's language, so there are a lot more programmers on them. A bit like the fact than crowded countries get more gold medals at Olympics ;)

So by using international websites you increase your chance to get quality information dramatically.

The French, German or any other foreign speaking people prefer their own language because they don't know English well enough to leverage the international source of information.

That's why you should never hire a programmer that can't read/write English properly. They can't find solution as quickly as those who know English.

A well known French speaking forum is developpez.com.

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I agree with what you are saying only partially. Knowing English is needed to be a competent programmer; but you can find quality content in every language. –  Niphra Feb 24 '11 at 13:43
    
@Niphra: let me edit my answer to ensure that it is not misunderstood –  user2567 Feb 24 '11 at 13:44
    
I also wanted to add siteduzero.com to your list. I know it's not professional, but for one thing almost everyone knows it, and for another it's really amazing at explaining programming to complete beginners. –  Niphra Feb 24 '11 at 13:46
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Stack Exchange is a unique success.In China,we also have many wonderful sites to discuss questions such as CSDN,JavaEye,you can have a look at these sites if you are so curiosity.

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In the netherland there is a subforum on tweakers.net called "de devschuur" (the devShed) . Its the only dutch forum for development that is worth reading I know of.

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in Brazil we have lots of web sites for programmers. Mainly for Java, C# and PHP. But you can find forums for almost any language in here.

Examples:

iMasters (this is one of the biggest, many languages and techs) - imasters.com.br their forum: forum.imasters.com.br

For Java (EE, Web, etc) and Ruby (the biggest in these subjects) - www.guj.com.br

ScriptBrasil - scriptbrasil.com.br/forum/index.php?showforum=51

And many others =D

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GUJ (Java User Group, Brazil) forum is very good, most of the time. The others are pretty poor, IMHO. Most of my coworkers, including myself, seems to prefer international forums since there's no reason to limit oneself to a particular country when using the internet. –  Vitor Feb 24 '11 at 13:15
    
@Vitor, again I agree with you. :D GUJ is the best, as I said, and I also prefer to look for other sources, since they usually have more people, but since he was asking for other sources outside US there they are =D –  eestein Feb 24 '11 at 13:46
    
Brazil in general has a lot of computer-savvy people. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3657170.stm –  Incognito Feb 24 '11 at 14:17
    
@user1525 Not completely wrong, besides the misuse of the word hacker Brazil is home to eight out of 10 of the world's hackers. As a brazilian I can confirm that. We don't have specific laws for cyber crime, the lawyers usually get the crime in "real world" to prosecute the infractors. For instance if someone breaks into a bank's computer and steal money they're not prosecuted for breaking the computer, but for stealing. This scenario though, is changing. Cyber crime laws are being developed. Regards. –  eestein Feb 24 '11 at 15:50
    
It's also kind of sad that our best forum is extremely focused on Java, as are many training centers throughout Brazil. –  chiurox Feb 24 '11 at 17:00
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In the Arab world there are a multitude of coding forums and discussion boards. But it is something of an unspoken rule that they are mostly for beginners, and that the more advanced programmers seek knowledge from English speaking web communities like stackoverflow.

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I can't say how it is in other countries, but here in my country SO is quite famous, particularly because we're way to small country to have our own resources like that.

(Only 35k inhabitants in the whole country ;))

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Bolivia doesn't use a QA site like any of the SE sites. Most of my friends during college used ElGuille - a blog/website where a spanish speaking dev wrote articles.

I was one of the first in my city to start using StackOverflow during the Beta and prior to that I was using (and still use) DreamInCode.net - some things are better to be discussed and debated and SE sites aren't useful for the more deep discussions. They just get closed too quickly no matter what.

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In my office in Tel Aviv Israel most people seem to hit stack overflow.

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In India, in my experience, most people seem to be using SO as their main forum. Part of the reason is that most Indians(at least those who program) speak passable english, another reason is that I dont think any reasonable alternative exists in Indian languages. Remember, even SO is not a very old site, it was first developed in 2007.

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Almost incredible for a country of that size, don't you think? –  Rook Feb 24 '11 at 14:52
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There are Dutch websites but honestly, I don't care. Browsing English websites will give me a hundred times more chance to get a correct answer.

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