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Do you localize documentation?

I have a couple projects on CodePlex. Occasionally I check the stats to see if the projects are being used and, if so, from where the traffic comes.

On my MicroLinq project I see a good amount of traffic from a Japanese blog. The blog is purely in Japanese and doesn’t translate well enough from Google for me to understand it. The blurb about the project is very short and just mentions it but it still results in some traffic.

The CodePlex stats aren’t really clear enough to me to see if these visits are just hitting the main page and bailing out or if they are reading the English or are interested enough to have the text translated.

I’m curious how others deal with this. Translations to Asian languages are hard enough for common speech. Technical speech is much more difficult. Do authors expect others to be interested enough from a short blurb to go through the trouble of trying to translate? Do you hope for a dedicated bilingual project follower syndicate documentation?

As a first step I’m going to have basic boilerplate welcoming language and a short explanation of the project. Hopefully that will be enough to engage with people who might otherwise just pass up the project.

I’m interested in hearing opinions on this.
-Erik

Tech Screen Questions

Recently I performed a tech screen on a candidate for my company. Through the process I realized how out of date the questions were for the type of work we do. One whole section was dedicated to WinForms and how/why you would override the drawing events. I decided I would weigh in on some helpful new topics and questions. It turns out there were previous efforts to modernize the evaluation form that stalled and since I’d shown initiative, I was handed the whole thing.

Side stepping the discussion of no good deeds going unpunished, I decided to seek feedback if anyone feels strongly enough to speak up.

We have two distinct skill sets for which we screen but it’s not required that you have all the specialized skills. My company is only interested in people who are late-intermediate to senior level and above and the topics should reflect this.

  • SharePoint, InfoPath, Worflow
  • MVC, Entity Framework, WPF, Silverlight, WCF

At the heart of it, all candidates need to pass standard .NET stuff including generics, garbage collection, proper OO design, etc. It should also include patterns, iterative development and, optimistically, test driven development.

I’ve got a small stash of topics and acceptable ranges of answers. If interested I could share the ones I’m thinking about working into the form but I’m curious what others think are good questions for evaluating a person’s comfort and competency with senior level programming.

Poll: What should I post about?