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Tag: 30 Day Challenge

Announcing InstaTrans 1.1 beta: Instant desktop language translations (BETA)

17-02-2009%2014-52-04[1]Dear readers. I’m looking for beta testers for my latest application, InstaTrans. It’s a utility for making fast translations of text on your desktop, it’s quicker, more convenient and easier to use than the web-page translation services and translations can be easily compared between them so it’s easier to get the translation you need.

The original idea came out of a small contract requirement to translate a customer’s English-only application into several different languages. Currently the only way to do this was to parse the strings out of an existing application and copy/paste each phrase into a translation web page or hire the services of a professional linguist. InstaTrans was born to save time and make performing regular translations easier.

An interesting thought experiment (9 days to go)

imageIt’s been a while since my last blog post, and for good reason; I’ve got my head down deep into the architecture of www.software-monitor.com. Changing software architecture and reworking vital parts code becomes more expensive in time and resources the later it occurs in the life of the software, so I have been reworking and refactoring constantly over the past five days. It is vitally important that every design decision I make is going to give the very best possible performance.

Great minds think alike (day 1 of 30)

So here I am on day 1 of my 30 day challenge to design, build and release a new software product within 30 days. I’ve got a few quiet weeks (i.e. no major releases planned for existing products) and already have one customer signed up to use a service similar to one I’m already using for in-house reporting and monitoring. Only our in house service is MySQL/PHP based (so doesn’t support .NET Web Services or WCF) and since it’s only me looking at the stats – the interface is rather raw. Compared with the existing web stats services, it’s ugly.