Aug 08

Gettext to Gibberish

For upgrade of old Rails project I decide to use Gibberish instead of GetText. Reasons are:

  • Gibberish seems very light and pure ruby. Installing GetText is not a problem with rubygems but it’s easier to install Gibberish. Especially If you have to ask administrator to update / reinstall GetText.
  • work with all PO, MO files and directories made me tired many times, rake updatepo, rake makemo, restart
  • few times, I jumped on Rails Edge and left out with GetText as thse two were not compatible in the moment – with GetText being compiled I couldn’t help but wait to be fixed

While GetText seems unmatched for translating standard aplications I am not sure if it is best fit for today web applications developed and changed rapidly.