Firebird de plus en plus visible...

Alain Lefebvre dans JDNet:

Je n'ai pas peur d'affirmer que Firebird est le browser Web tel qu'ils devraient tous être : léger, propre, bien fait, focalisé sur ce qui est utile et raisonnablement personnalisable. La fonction de blocage des pop-ups n'est pas anecdotique, elle est tout à fait significative de l'avantage majeur que possèdent désormais les projets Open Source par rapport aux équipes commerciales : ils ne sont pas entravés par des conflits d'intérêts et eux travaillent vraiment à améliorer le confort de l'utilisateur.

Rockin' on without Microsoft

Interesting article from C|net about Ernie Ball's life without Microsoft after the BSA came down on them. (via David Watson)

Successful Regular Expressions

Via John Lim: Tony Stubblebine has a nice article teaching Five Habits for Successful Regular Expressions :idea:

What? You can put comments into regexps? Why hasn't anybody said so before? :?: Worse: why isn't anybody actually doing it??? >:XX

Hum... and these extremely useful lazy quantifiers... how could they have slipped out of my mind? :oops:

Internationalizing web applications using gettext in PHP

As I have said before, gettext is a very interesting framework for i18n and i10n.

Now the question is, how do I apply this to web applications? Actually, I'm going to restrict my discussion here to PHP since this is what I'm working with right now... but you should expect similar behaviour when using other web development tools that integrate gettext.

First of all, the good news: PHP fully supports gettext since version 3.0.7. So it's been used for a long time and you can even find tutorials on the net.

PHP/Gettext in action

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Introducing gettext and .PO files

poedit screenshot
As I said recently, i18n and l10n are best carried out using the right tools...

I've looked around somewhat and it turns out there seems to be an absolute reference in the area: the GNU gettext framework.

This framework actually comprehends several things:

  • A set of conventions about how programs should be written to support i18n;
  • A directory and file naming organization for the translated strings;
  • A runtime library to display localized text;
  • A set of utilities to handle the l10n process;
  • A special mode for Emacs which helps preparing the sources for i18n.

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