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Continuous integration, can it work for software localisation?

May 12, 2010, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"At Translate.org.za we want to keep delivering the best FOSS localisation tools. To do that we've started using Continuous Integration (CI) in the development of Pootle, Virtaal and the Translate Toolkit. We're using a tool called Hudson to manage our CI process.

"Since the tools that we develop are all focused on localisation we thought, "Wouldn't it be great if we could use CI to continuously check our translations?". I hope that you will start to use some of our scripts, or your own, to ensure that localisation is part of your CI build process. The problem

"Since we build localisation tools we pride ourselves on doing localisation well. But even we've made a few mistakes along the way, mistakes like:

* Shipping broken translation files. There is nothing quite as frustrating as sending out an application that breaks because of a typo in the translation of a variable. The cost of fixing the issue and releasing a bug fix build is just too much for a small development team. We want to focus on cool new features, we'd rather not fix a bug that we could have caught with CI."

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