Requesting feedback on Gibberish::Simple, a tiny Ruby 1.9 localization lib


#1

Hi folks,

While writing a section on localization for my book[0], I noticed that
there doesn’t seem to be a localization system that works out of the
box on Ruby 1.9.
The changes to get either Ruby-GetText[1] or Gibberish[2] to work were
minimal, though.

I really liked the general idea behind Gibberish, since it has a nice
Ruby interface and is very easy to configure. But it was a Rails
plugin, and needed some small modifications to work standalone.
I also wasn’t wild about using String#[] to do translation tagging, as
it seemed it’d be just as easy to get by without modifying core. I
did some other cleanup under the hood and removed the dependency on
ActiveSupport, and put up Gibberish::Simple:

I’m curious if folks find this interesting / useful enough for an
official release and further maintenance? I would be fine with just
using it as a book example, but if others find it useful beyond that,
I can document it, polish it up a bit, and push a gem.

== More Details ==

This library keeps most of the functionality Gibberish offers. In
most cases, you just need to switch:

“My String”[:tag, *args]

to look like this:

T(“My String”, :tag, *args)

After including the Gibberish::Simple module. Also, you replace any
call on Gibberish with a call to Gibberish::Simple. Some minor
features were removed, but otherwise it’s mostly the same library.

If you’re curious of what it looks like in a code sample, I coded up a
tiny Sinatra app that implements the rock paper scissors game:

You will need Sinatra 0.9.1 (from Github) and Ruby 1.9.1 to run this
code.

Please let me know what you think.

-greg


#2

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 10:18 PM, Gregory B.
removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Hi folks,

While writing a section on localization for my book[0], I noticed that
there doesn’t seem to be a localization system that works out of the
box on Ruby 1.9.
The changes to get either Ruby-GetText[1] or Gibberish[2] to work were
minimal, though.

Whoops, always forget the links :-/

[0] http://rubybestpractices.com
[1] http://www.yotabanana.com/hiki/ruby-gettext.html?ruby-gettext
[2] http://github.com/defunkt/gibberish/tree/master


#3

Hi Gregory,

Gregory B. wrote:

Hi folks,

While writing a section on localization for my book[0], I noticed that
there doesn’t seem to be a localization system that works out of the
box on Ruby 1.9.
The changes to get either Ruby-GetText[1] or Gibberish[2] to work were
minimal, though.

http://github.com/sandal/gibberish-simple/

I’m curious if folks find this interesting / useful enough for an
official release and further maintenance? I would be fine with just
using it as a book example, but if others find it useful beyond that,
I can document it, polish it up a bit, and push a gem.

I just need such a library at the moment.

Please let me know what you think.

I’ll try it and will report feedbacks on this thread.

Cheers.

Chauk-Mean.


#4

Hi (again) Gregory,

Gregory B. wrote:
I’m curious if folks find this interesting / useful enough for an
official release and further maintenance? I would be fine with just
using it as a book example, but if others find it useful beyond that,
I can document it, polish it up a bit, and push a gem.

This is exactly what I need :

  • not intrusive regarding the core classes
  • simple (no dependency other than the standard yaml library)
  • ruby-1.9 support

It is just perfect for me.

Go on for an official release and maintenance.
Thanks for sharing anyway.

Cheers.

Chauk-Mean.