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  • Using Google Docs to translate your projects

    Posted on January 30th, 2011 Thibaut 75 comments

    At work, we’re currently building a business application using Silverlight 4. One of the requirements is the support of multiple languages. Google Docs proves to be very useful in this context. Just create a spreadsheet, and using GoogleTranslate formulas, you’ll get your translations.

    First step : create a new spreadsheet

    Google docs

    Second step : create GoogleTranslate formulas

    Google translate

    Use the formula below to obtain your translations. More info on the official documentation page.

    =GoogleTranslate(”text”, “source language”,”target language”)

    Conclusion

    While you shouldn’t rely at 100% on these translations when putting your application into production (to have correct translations, you need a context and the best way is still to get your translations from a person or company specializing into that), Google Docs is a very useful tool for the development stage. This way, you can test that your multilanguage support works correctly without having to wait for translations to be completed by third parties.

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  • Wolfram Alpha

    Posted on May 25th, 2009 Thibaut No comments

    Wolfram Alpha is computational knowledge engine released recently that has already made a lot of buzz on the web. With this new tool, you’ll be able to get a graph from a mathematic equation, visualize chemistry structures, music notes, compare stock rates of two companies and much more. The results and possibilities are really impressive for such a young project and the future seems very promising. The team of experts behind this project include Stephen Wolfram, well-known for being the author of Mathematica, a famous open source software and for his achievements, such as having completed a Ph.D in physics at 20. Something to watch closely in the future…

    WolframAlpha

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  • PasswordsPro

    Posted on May 2nd, 2009 Thibaut No comments

    Today, I was contacted by Germán Arduino from PasswordsPro to inform me that they would offer me a license for their product in exchange of a blog post. So I went surfing on their official website to gather some information about it, which looks really interesting. Indeed, everyone of us has to remember so many passwords today that it may become difficult to manage.

    Considering that to avoid security issues, you’re supposed to - and should - have a different password for each service (just like you have different keys for your car, your home, etc), that you sometimes have to choose passwords with a minimum length and special characters, which makes them even more difficult to remember and that we’re using an increasing number of services on the web, having all these passwords stored into a program, encrypted and protected by a single master password may be very valuable. This is where PasswordsPro comes in. In addition to storing all your passwords under one collective roof, you can also protect text files and bring it all wherever you go, on a USB stick for example. Very interesting.

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  • Thanks Balsamiq !

    Posted on April 28th, 2009 Thibaut 2 comments

    Blog mockup

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  • Balsamiq Mockups

    Posted on April 27th, 2009 Thibaut No comments

      

    Balsamiq Mockups is a great tool that enables you to draw prototypes of applications. This soft features about 80 controls - ranging from dropdowns to cover flows - that you can drag/drop, resize, customize, etc in order to make your prototype the more precise as possible. This is again a tool that we’ve used at work to make some prototypes about the future version of our application and we were very happy with the results, so I strongly recommend this tool.

    Unfortunately, I don’t own myself a license for this tool yet, but I’ve heard that Balsamiq was kind enough to offer some in exchange of a blog post, so I’m trying my luck ;)

    See you soon !

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  • Gliffy

    Posted on April 19th, 2009 Thibaut 2 comments

    Gliffy is an online diagramming tool that enables you to create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. We used it recently at work to make some database diagrams and as I found this tool nice, I thought it would be interesting to share some information about that here. FYI, a limited free version is available but you’ll have to pay in order to get all the features enabled. But as the soft seems very promising, I think it’s worth it !

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