Meet the LingoDisco Inline Translate Developer

Why was LingoDisco Inline Translate created?

I am interested in languages and I wanted a open source translation add-on that supported Irish translation among a bunch of other languages I speak. This has become difficult since Google started charging for calls to their translation API. Bing supports two dialects of Klingon but like most other translation services does not support Irish. I imagine others have a similar story for their own languages particularly if you speak a language that isn't as well supported as English. This Add-on let's you use Google, Bing or a custom web accessible translation engine for any combination of languages you need. Hopefully this will make language discovery (lingodisco) an easy and fun method of language learning.

I developed this addon while experimenting with the Firefox Jetpack Add-on toolkit. This add-on scrapes a translation page loaded in a hidden panel to get a translation instead of using an API as most other Add-ons do. Google has no minimum free number of calls to its service using the API for some time now so this workaround may contribute something new.

Slán agus beannacht James

What's next for LingoDisco Inline Translate

This is a pet project of mine and I would like to develop a community around this add-on to add more translation services and localize the add-on to as many languages as possible. I have tried to develop this software to make it easy to localize but I would be interested in removing concepts that are hard to translate. This add-on is free software so I'd be interested to see where people take it.

About the Developer

Developer Information
Name James Cooley
Location Galway, Ireland
Occupation Software engineer
Homepage http://www.cooley.ie/
User since August 20, 2010
Number of add-ons developed 2 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 3 out of 5 stars