The session title "Creating a Klingon Culture" required some special action. The attendees have been really surprised seeing me as a Klingon. After the session not only questions have been asked, I've received more requests for pictures ;-) It would be great if you can send me the pictures you've done.
The session started with a introduction using the Klingon language before I've turned on the universal translator. It was really fun :-)
On Friday I'm giving a presentation about localization and globalization of .NET applications. This session will be a lot of fun - not only because of the many samples I'm showing ;-)
Come to room 3b at 4:15 PM, and you will see. You can bring your drums to have even more fun :-)
The samples I'm showing:
Review of Cultures
Creating a custom resource reader (reading resources from the database)
Creating a custom culture (.NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0)
New localization features for .NET 2.0 Windows Forms and Web Forms
Here are a few screenshots from the sample applications.
To give a short review about globalization and localization, the first sample application shows some aspects of a culture:
Very briefly I'm talking about IDN (International Domain Names) with .NET 2.0. Who is already using - or planning to use IDN?
Sample 3 is about calendars, and how to create a custom calendar. See the screenshot here for a Mars calendar. This way it is easier to travel to Mars and arrange the best travel times for a summer vacation ;-)
With the next sample I'm showing how to use the ResourceManager reading resources from the database. The screenshot here is already the extended version where not only resources for "well-known" languages are read from the database, but I'm also showing how to create a custom culture with .NET 1.1 by creating a Klingon culture.
If you don't plan creating your own culture you will also get some cool new information how resources can be used with .NET 2.0, strongly types resources, new features for Windows Forms and Web Forms applications!
For my TechEd session DEV-404, Creating a Klingon Culture I've not only prepared by learning the new globalization and localization features of Visual Studio 2005, I've also used two great books from Marc Okrand. Here are the links to Amazon.