Video: Mind Control Your Computer at UX Brighton 2012

Last month I presented "Mind Control Your Computer" (using the Emotiv EPOC Neuroheadset) at the excellent UX Brighton 2012, You can watch the 32 minute video here. Of all the conferences and events I attended this year I have to say I enjoyed UX Brighton the most - great attention to detail and really interesting people. You can watch all 8 videos of UX Brighton 2012 here (there are some really excellent presentations there).

Alternatively if you're really into the Emotiv you can watch a full hour on this subject from the same session I gave at NDC 2012 at http://vimeo.com/43549132 or you can listen to a .NET Rocks podcast at http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=702.

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Podcast: Interviewed by Jesse Liberty for Yet Another Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Jesse Liberty for Yet Another Podcast and you can listen to it at http://jesseliberty.com/2012/11/19/yet-another-podcast-82guy-smith-ferrier-on-internationalization/. The interview is 40 minutes long and is primarily about internationalization in .NET with a short discussion at the end on the .NET community in the UK. Along the way we discuss CLDR (the Common Locale Data Repository) and NCLDR (.NET CLDR), machine translation, how FxCop is one of the most misunderstood tools in the .NET world, pluralisation rules, genders, postcodes, currencies and more.

One point I would like to correct though: I make a point that the pluralisation rules for Polish (and Hungarian, Russian, Arabic and others) are more complex than for English. The actual rules that I quote are not quite right. For the record the Polish pluralisation rules are:-

  • Count: one, Rule: n is 1
  • Count: few, Rule: n mod 10 in 2..4 and n mod 100 not in 12..14
  • Count: many, Rule: n is not 1 and n mod 10 in 0..1 or n mod 10 in 5..9 or n mod 100 in 12..14
  • Other

Many thanks to Jesse Liberty for inviting me on the show - I really enjoyed talking about my favourite subject.

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Video: How To Achieve World(-Ready) Domination In ASP.NET MVC 4

The third aspConf (formerly mvcConf) was held on 17th and 18th July 2012. I was very pleased to present "How To Achieve World(-Ready) Domination In ASP.NET MVC 4" (aka "Internationalizing ASP.NET MVC"). You can watch a video of the presentation here. You can also download the slides and source code. Here's the session abstract:-

So you've written your ASP.NET MVC application and you want it to work in another language ? Then this session is for you. World-Readiness is all of the work that a developer needs to do to globalize an application and make it localizable (i.e. capable of being localized). In this session we will cover localizing HTML and HTML Helpers, localizing and globalizing Data Annotations, localizing and globalizing JavaScript and localizing URLs. No previous experience of ASP.NET localization is required.

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Video: Mind Control Your Computer In C#

Earlier this month I spoke at NDC Oslo and presented "Mind Control Your Computer In C#". The session was recorded and it is available for download now.

You can watch all of the NDC 2012 sessions at http://vimeo.com/ndcoslo/videos.

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Add Satellite Assemblies To An Assembly For Any Culture

Since the very first release of the .NET Framework we have been able to build satellite assemblies for (almost) any culture. The critical factor though is that in order to do this either the original assembly must not have been signed or else you must be able to sign your satellite assembly with the same key. Clearly Microsoft will not give anyone the key they use to sign their assemblies so although Microsoft release various language versions of their products we, as consumers of those products, are unable to add our own language versions. This includes but is not limited to the .NET Framework itself, ASP.NET MVC and Silverlight.

I would like your help. I would like to optionally remove the restrictions on loading satellite assemblies. At present the satellite assembly must be signed with the same key as its parent assembly. I would like Microsoft to add a mechanism to the CLR which would optionally allow the author of the assembly to relax the rules on loading satellite assemblies such that it checks that the satellite assembly matches its parent in all criteria *except* for the key with which it is signed.

In this were possible then communities would be able to add support for their own language without waiting for Microsoft to support them. Close to home, this would mean that we could have a Welsh version of the .NET Framework (or ASP.NET MVC). This desire isn't limited solely to getting support for Welsh; the feature would work for all languages (there are ~7000 languages in the world and the .NET Framework 4 supports 23 of them so this affects a community near you).

So here's where I would like your help. If you think this is a useful feature please vote for it on User Voice here.

Thanks.

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Posted on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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What's New In The .NET Internationalization Source Code

I wrote a book called .NET Internationalization back in 2006. There is a whole bunch of source code (examples and reusable library code) that accompanies the book that is available for download (you don't need to buy the book to get the source code). I have been keeping the source code up to date with various changes since it was first released and I have just uploaded the most recent version. This blog post describes what's new.

Custom Cultures

I added an example of a new custom culture for Spanish (Chile) Unidad de Fomento, es-CL-CLF, to support the UDF currency in Chile.

Resource Code Generators

I added 3 new code generators for Visual Studio:-

  • JavaScriptResourceCodeGenerator - Creates .js files (JavaScript object literals) from .resx files
  • JavaScriptAddParentsResourceCodeGenerator - Creates .js files (JavaScript object literals) from .resx files, adds all parents except invariant
  • JavaScriptAddAllParentsResourceCodeGenerator - Creates .js files (JavaScript object literals) from .resx files, adds all parents including invariant

Machine Translation

The PseudoTranslator has a new Boolean property, ExcludeMarkup (default is true), where characters that are markup tags (e.g. "<strong>") are not pseudo translated.

The GoogleTranslator is now deprecated because the Google v1 translation API was deprecated by Google in December 2010.

I added Google2Translator for the Google v2 translation API. This is a paid service. See http://code.google.com/apis/language/translate/v2/getting_started.html for details.

Resource Administrator

You can now specify a value for PseudoTranslationCultureInfoName in the App.Config which allows you to change the name of the culture used for pseudo translation.

The GoogleTranslator is no longer used.

The Google2Translator is used if a value for "Google2TranslatorApplicationKey" is set in the App.config file.

If either the MicrosoftTranslator or the Google2Translator are used the remaining translators are disabled (because the Microsoft and Google translators are very reliable).

I fixed a bug where comments were not being preserved in neutral and specific resources when automatic translation was on.

The FileBasedResourcesGovernor now has a new property, Extension, which is the file extension of the files (e.g. ".resx").

ResourceGovernor.ReintegrateResourceSet has various bugs fixed.

Globalization FxCop Rules

I added 2 new rules:-

  • DoNotConcatenateLocalizableStrings - identifies code where resource strings are concatenated (use string parameters instead)
  • ResourceEntryIsNotUsed - identifies properties in Strongly Typed Resource Classes that are not used

Note that the ResourceEntryIsNotUsed class requires the Strongly Typed Resource

Class code to be manually modified so that the CompilerGeneratedAttribute is commented out.

The Translator
I added two new utilities:-

  • ReintegrateResources - a command line utility that intelligently reintegrates resources being sent back from the translator
  • ResourcePackager - a command line utility that ZIPs and unZIPs .resx files being sent to/from the translator

Enjoy.

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Internationalizing ASP.NET MVC Around The UK

I will be presenting "Internationalizing ASP.NET MVC" (aka "How To Achieve World(-Ready) Domination In ASP.NET MVC") at the following venues over the next few months:-

Here's the session abstract:-

So you've written your ASP.NET MVC application and you want it to work in another language ? Then this session is for you. World-Readiness is all of the work that a developer needs to do to globalize an application and make it localizable (i.e. capable of being localized). In this session we will cover localizing HTML and HTML Helpers, localizing and globalizing Data Annotations, the importance of Resource Manager abstraction, localizing and globalizing JavaScript and localizing URLs. No previous experience of ASP.NET localization is required.

Do come along and bring your internationalization problems and questions. This is my favourite subject so getting me talking on it isn't difficult. It's getting me to shut up that's special.

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Mind Control Your Computer on .NET Rocks!

I recently recorded an episode of .NET Rocks (episode 702) on the subject of the Emotiv EPOC Neuroheadset. The episode covers the headset, the technology behind it, the Expressiv suite (facial detection), the Affectiv suite (detection of emotional state), the Cognitiv suite (detection of conscious thought), along with the applications for this technology including gaming market, applications for the physically impaired and the research potential.

I have to say that recording it was a whole load of fun (although I suspect it was difficult for Carl and Richard to shut me up as I love to go on and on when I'm really into something).

Thanks again to Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell for inviting me on to the show. And congratulations on the very many hundreds of episodes you have created. Looking forward to show #1000.

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DDD South West 3 Sticker Photo Competition Winner

At DDD South West 3 we ran a competition to find the best photo of an "I Was There" sticker. The competition is closed now and out of the 28 entries The DDD South West Team chose this entry from @surlydev as the winner:-

Congratulations and tanks for the excellent pic. Honourable mentions (but no actual prize) go to John Albrecht for the buoy on Normandy beach on D Day:-

And to Paul Stack for this Welcome sign in Ireland:-

And finally to this PhotoShopped (so we couldn't include it) picture from @surlydev of one of our speakers:-

Thanks to everyone for all of your photos. See you at DDD South West 4.

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DDD South West 3 Sticker Photo Competition – Win a Kinect

Going to DDD South West 3 on Saturday ? In your attendee bag you will find an "I Was There" sticker. We are running a competition to find the best photo of a DDD South West 3 sticker stuck on to something. Travelling somewhere ? Take the sticker with you and photograph the sticker stuck on a famous place. Going to DDD Sydney on 3rd July ? Take the sticker with you and photograph it stuck on a DDD Sydney banner. Here's what you need to know:-

  • You must be a DDD South West 3 attendee.
  • Either Tweet your photo using the hashtag #dddswpic or email it to admin at dddsouthwest.com.
  • The competition closes at midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31st July 2011.
  • The judges decision is final.
  • The winner will be notified by Friday 5th August 2011.
  • The winner will receive an XBox Kinect (postage paid inside the UK only).

Thanks to Microsoft for donating the Kinect to a very worthy cause.

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