Can you imagine…

  • Posted: Aug. 18, 2015, 10:40 a.m.
  • Last updated: Aug. 18, 2015, 11:28 p.m.
  • Tags: frontpage mozilla

… an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

Just over two years ago, I posted about localizing Mozilla extensions. I'd made a website for translators, which automatically created GitHub pull requests. Well, I'm not here to say it's been an overwhelming success, but I think it did achieve my aim of simplifying the translation process.

Over the past month or so, I've rebuilt the website from scratch, to be much simpler, and much less fragile. Instead of having a Git clone on the webserver, and a working copy for every translation (which caused big headaches when it came time to update the clone), the website now stores translation data in a database, and when ready, creates files, commits, branches, and pull requests directly on GitHub. It also updates itself every time the original repo updates, by watching a particular branch. From a translator's point-of-view, not much has changed, although if they use GitHub to register, pull requests will be made using their account for better communication.

For reasons even I'm not really sure of, I called the original "Zoo". Now in a perfect storm of inspiration and originality, I've called this new website "Zoo2". Genius.

It's a little rough-around-the-edges, but it's ready to go. I'm looking for people to translate my extensions, obviously, but now I'm also looking for other extension writers willing to try things out. I have a few criteria, mostly around things I've yet to implement, but if your extension is on GitHub, open an issue and we'll talk. I'm also often in #developers on Mozilla IRC in the US evening/Asian day/European morning.

Edit: I'm hosting this thing on a free Heroku account, which means it must sleep for 6 hours a day (I'd get so much more done if I slept that little) and today's seen a lot of activity so it might be sleeping. I guess you get what you pay for, and I haven't paid anything yet.