10th Annual LRC Localisation Summer School

13-15 June 2012

University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

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The Localisation Research Centre (LRC) is happy to announce the 10th Annual LRC Localisation Summer School.

Mobile Application Development & Localisation

The 2012 edition of the LRC Summer School will focus on the area of Mobile Applications. Over the three days of the Summer School, sessions will aim to provide participants with a basic introduction to mobile application localisation and also provide them with a hands-on overview of the development and localisation practices for the Android and Windows phone operating systems.

Wednesday 13 June

Localisation Beyond The Desktop

NIelsen- State of Mobile Apps - Whitepaper

Computing Beyond The Desktop

This session will introduce App Inventor and focus on building a small app with simple GUI components that will later serve to illustrate some concepts of mobile localisation techniques. As an aside we will also take a small look at some of the sensor information that is accessible in a standard smartphone, such as the accelerometer and orientation information.

Localising an App Inventor App

This session builds on the app developed in the previous session (Sample app supplied for those who could not finish it) :-). For this we will take a little peek underneath the bonnet of an app inventor app to see how the localisable content is stored and have a brief look at how we might use existing CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) tools to semi-automate the process.

Thursday 14 June

Android Localisation with Alchemy Software Development

This course will cover the initial creation of a small Android app,looking at the basic concepts that are involved in this process. Participants will be introduced to the right and wrong ways to author an app from a localisation perspective, as outlined by Google.

Alchemy Catalyst, a visual localisation environment, will then be used to demonstrate the best ways to make a localisation-friendly application and the results when these practices are not adhered to, coupled with demonstrations of the apps running on an actual mobile device. 

The session will also touch upon the localisation of iPhone and Windows Mobile apps.

Friday 15 June

Windows Phone app development and localisation

The Friday sessions of the Summer School will focus on providing students with an introduction to Windows Phone 7. These sessions will give an overview of the different Windows Phone 7 project types and introduce participants to Visual Studio 2010, a progamming environment for windows applications.

Participants will then be coached in creating their own Windows Phone 7 app using silverlight, adding content and localising the resulting application. The importance of properly planning out applications and the advantages of resource files in internationalisation/localisation will also be highlighted.

Participant Profile

This year's Summer School will be a basic, introductory level course aimed at individuals looking to take their first steps in the area of international mobile application development and localisation. It will be a beginners level course with no programming skills required. However participants should be computer proficient and comfortable with the idea of doing some basic programming (instructions will be provided).

Summer School Timetable*

Wednesday 13 June
10:30 – 11:00 Registration & Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 1 – Localisation: Beyond The Desktop
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Session 2 – Computing Beyond The Desktop
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 17:00 Session 3 – Localising an App Inventor App

17:30 Summer School BBQ

Thursday 14 June
10:00 – 11:30 Session 1 – Introduction To Mobile Development
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee
12:00 – 13:00 Session 2 – Building your App
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 – Mobile Localisation with Alchemy Catalyst
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 17:00 Session 4 – Localising your App

Friday 15 June
10:00 – 11:30 Session 1 – Introduction To Windows Phone Development
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee
12:00 – 13:00 Session 2 – Building and internationalising your App 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 – Localising your App

15:30 Summer School Close


Centre for Next Generation LocalisationAlchemy Software Development