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Posted 13 Oct 2010
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WP7 App Resources Translator using Bing services

, 13 Oct 2010
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To translate App Resources
I have to translate my AppResources from english to the other 4 languages available at the moment in WP7. So I decided to create a snippet to translate it, Of course simply change the TargetLanguage to get the translated section.

What you have to do is:
1.- Create the, and else in your WP7 app.
2.- Have an AppID for Bing Services.
3.- Add the following code to a WPF/SL app with the Bing Service reference.
4.- Copy from the first to the last from the resx.file like:

</data lang="xml">data name="alanguage" xml:space="preserve">
    <value>Answer Language</value>
  <data name="animage" xml:space="preserve">
    <value>An image!</value>
  <data name="bonus" xml:space="preserve">
    <value>BONUS </value>

The Code:

String source;
        List<String> words;
        String TargetLanguage = "it";
        private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            source = textBox1.Text;
            List<String> input = (from prod in source.Split(new string[] { "<data ", "</data>" }, StringSplitOptions.None).ToList()
                                  where prod.Contains("name")
                                  select prod).ToList();
            words = new List<string>();
            Int32 odx, fdx = -1;
            input.ForEach(inp =>
                odx = inp.IndexOf("<value>") + "<value>".Length;
                fdx = inp.IndexOf("</value>");
                words.Add(inp.Substring(odx, fdx - odx));
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(" ");
            words.ForEach(s => sb.Append(String.Concat("| ", s, " ")));
        public static void TranslateWord(string source,string SourceL,string TargetL,Func<List<String>,bool> ProcessTranslated)
            List<string> ret = new List<string>();
            SearchRequest request = new SearchRequest();
            request.Sources = new SourceType[] { SourceType.Translation };
            request.AppId = "YOURAPPID";
            request.Query = source;
            TranslationRequest tr = new TranslationRequest();
            tr.SourceLanguage = SourceL;
            tr.TargetLanguage = TargetL;
            request.Translation = tr;
            BingPortTypeClient client = new BingPortTypeClient();
            client.SearchCompleted += (s, e) =>
                                String result = e.Result.Translation.Results[0].TranslatedTerm;
                                ret = result.Split('|').ToList();
                                ret.ForEach(s2 =>
                                    if (s2.Length > 0 && s2[0] == ' ')
                                        s2 = s2.Trim();
        public bool ProcessTranslated(List<string> input)
            if(input.Count == words.Count)
                words.ForEach(w => source = source.Replace("<value>"+w, "<value>"+input[words.IndexOf(w)].Substring(1)));
            textBox2.Text = source.Replace(" </value>","</value>");
            return true;

And that's all, replace textBox2.Text the result in the .it-IT.resx and else. It may work in WPF and SL too.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Juan Pablo G.C.
Software Developer Expediteapps
Spain Spain
I'm Electronic Engineer, I did my end degree project at Astrophysical Institute and Tech Institute. I'm HP Procurve AIS and ASE ,Microsoft 3.5 MCTS
I live in Canary Islands ,developing customized solutions

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralI wouldn't use this in any real scenario Pin
tec-goblin18-Oct-10 11:23
membertec-goblin18-Oct-10 11:23 
GeneralRe: I wouldn't use this in any real scenario Pin
Juan Pablo G.C.18-Oct-10 23:02
memberJuan Pablo G.C.18-Oct-10 23:02 
GeneralRe: I wouldn't use this in any real scenario Pin
tec-goblin19-Oct-10 11:39
membertec-goblin19-Oct-10 11:39 
GeneralRe: I wouldn't use this in any real scenario Pin
Juan Pablo G.C.19-Oct-10 21:35
memberJuan Pablo G.C.19-Oct-10 21:35 

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