REVIEW - NET Internationalization - The Developer's Guide to Building Global Windows and Web Applications

Title:

NET Internationalization - The Developer's Guide to Building Global Windows and Web Applications

Author:

Guy Smith-Ferrier

ISBN:

0321341384

Publisher:

Addison-Wesley Professional (2007)

Pages:

639pp

Reviewer:

Simon Sebright

Reviewed:

August 2007

Rating:

★★★☆☆

This is a very strong book on the subject of i18n (Internationalization) of .Net projects, be it forms or web applications. It covers issues in good depth, with much detail and a commanding writing style.

Along with the book are online code examples and tools. I haven't looked at these, but from the snippets in the book, they look to be well written. The tools are essentially extensions to the Visual Studio toolset for dealing with i18n of projects.

The book is full of interesting examples where different languages and cultures bring new concepts to challenge the developer. For example, calendars where there are not necessarily 12 months in a year, or left-to-right issues, or cultures where there is more than one way to sort strings.

The i18n issue covers good practice even in non-localised programs. Not hard-coding things, using resource files effectively, etc., so I learned some useful things even though I am not working on this issue directly.

Index pretty good, although admittedly, the only term I actually wanted to look up wasn't there.

Again, recommended. Even if you don't have an i18n issue to deal with, it's good to know the concepts presented in this book

Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.