GlobalSight Web Services API: Manipulating Workflows Programmatically

This is part four of my series of posts on the GlobalSight Web Services API. See below for the previous posts: Interacting with the GlobalSight Web Services API from C# GlobalSight Web Services API: Automate Translation Memory Upload GlobalSight Web Services API: Job Creation Here, I’d like to cover how you can manipulate workflows in GlobalSight via […]

GlobalSight Web Services API: Job Creation

This is the third in my series of posts on the GlobalSight Web Services API. See below for the previous posts: Interacting with the GlobalSight Web Services API from C# GlobalSight Web Services API: Automate Translation Memory Upload In this post, I’m going to cover how to actually create jobs in the GlobalSight system via […]

Interacting with the GlobalSight Web Services API from C#

GlobalSight is an open source Globalization Management System (GMS). It’s main purpose is to automate the flow of content to translators, and essentially streamline many of the tasks involved in the translation workflow, scoping, project management, translation, review etc. as well as centralizing translation memories. Similar GMS systems would be SDL WorldServer (formally Idiom WorldServer before […]

Static Analysis for finding I18N Issues

Static analysis tools are useful for quickly identifying issues with your code. Recently, my team has been evaluating Globalyzer, a static analysis tool for finding software internationalization issues. Globalyzer will find such issues as hard coded strings, or hard coded date/time formats. Our aim is to move the discovery of I18N issues from the localization […]

Automate your Android App Testing Using Robotium

I like that it’s the time of the year when I actually have some time to invest in blogging here. Updates have been pretty sporadic this year (another item to add to my list of resolutions once 2013 hits in a few days). In this post, I’d like to talk a little about Robotium, and […]

Basic Software i18n Check List

Part of something my team is currently working on involves defining a standard approach to assessing the world-readiness of a piece of software, be it a brand new product or a legacy product that has existed for a long time. If your codebase is not correctly internationalized, you will face many problems if you ever […]

SQL – Alter a database user’s password via a query

Here’s some handy SQL to alter the login of an existing user via a query. I recently lost my login to one of the databases I use for a project (OK, I didn’t lose it, I forgot it). Luckily I had another account I could login to the database with via SQL Server Management Studio, […]

Interacting with Microsoft Excel from C# using EPPlus – Part 1

I’ve been working on moving the reporting functionality of an existing application from HTML to Microsoft Excel format. I find HTML fine for creating simple reports or sometimes log files from C# applications, but these reports were churning out at around 50MB, which Internet Explorer was having serious problems dealing with. So, I decided to […]

Interacting with web pages using Selenium WebDriver for C#

I’ve been using Selenium WebDriver for C# a lot lately, for a number of projects that involved interacting with a web browser in some manner. I’ve used a lot of applications and libraries over the past few years that provide this functionality, but I’ve never come across one as intuitive and reliable as Selenium WebDriver […]

Java Needs Automatic Properties

One of my main grievances with the Java programming language is it’s lack of Automatic Properties. These have existed in C# since .NET 3.0. Automatic Properties make property-declaration more concise when no additional logic is required in the property accessors. For example, let’s say we want to implement a simple Book abstraction in an application, […]

Taking screenshots with Selenium WebDriver

Time to do something a bit more useful using Selenium WebDriver. Taking screenshots as we cycle through our web pages has obvious advantages for unit testing. Firstly we can just run an application overnight, have it visit every page on our website, and review the screenshots for obvious bugs the next morning before releasing to […]

Refactoring horrible nested if-else statements

I wrote this at some point this week, I was looking back at it tonight and released how truly awful it looks: if(filePath.Contains(“.CSS”)) return true; else return false; else if(filePath.Contains(“.JS”)) return true; else return false; else if(filePath.Contains(“_STR”)) return true; else return false; else if(filePath.Contains(“.VBS”)) return true; else return false; else if(filePath.Contains(“.HTM”)) return true; else return […]

Handling Exceptions on Windows Phone 7

In this post I’ll outline how to deal with exceptions in a Windows Phone 7 application. Ideally when an exception happens, we want to display some meaningful information to the user that can be provided to the developer to aid in the debugging of the issue. The worst thing that can happen is for the […]

WPF – Binding Data in an XML file to a ComboBox

Some things in WPF are very different from Windows Forms programming. Lately, I’ve been working on my first real UI in which I’ve used WPF over Windows Forms. Using XAML takes a little bit of getting used to, but I’m finding that I have a lot more control over the UI, along with the obvious […]