right now, some much better than others, but none that satisfied all my needs. I've found this to
be the case when developing in the browser and in node.js. I
wanted a single library that I could use in both the client and server sides so I didn't have to
keep switching syntax and styles etc. As this didn't already exist (as far as I could tell) I
decided to create my own, and I give you int17.
int17 is a highly customizable i18n
framework whose locale file structure was inspired by (and fully compatible with) that used by Google Chrome extensions,
meaning you can already collaborate with others using online services like crowdin.
The API is clean, simple and robust, while
also being very forgiving. The last thing you need when learning another library is exactly how
methods should be used, and I've put a lot of effort into creating the initial documentation to
help with this. Here's a brief highlight of some of it's fantastic features:
- Simple message fetching
Shared API between client and server
Localize your HTML easily using special attributes
- Easily juggle between multiple locale instances
- Out-of-the-box support for Express
I've been using some of this functionality within some of my Chrome extensions
and it's been a lot of fun making these concepts available to everyone. As this is the initial public
community can help make this something all developers can benefit from.
It's been quite a while since I first released Template
2 years ago but with it now out of beta it has become an extremely stable and feature-rich
There's a lot of work in the pipeline,
but I'm not letting that deter me from releasing minor updates like this. Here's a brief overview
of some of the features coming this year;
- Interactive editor for writing templates
A brand-spanking new homepage at template-extension.org
- Ability to share and download templates created by other users
- Social network integration
Meanwhile the changes included in version 1.2.0 cover a lot of ground and keep the extension
up-to-date and fresh with a completely redesigned Templates tab on the Options page which makes
managing your templates a piece of well-iced cake.
calls to deprecated chrome API methods
#111: Update Bootstrap
#115: Add new
operations for query selectors
Templates tab on Options page
build process and restructure code to simplify support for other browsers
#120: Update jQuery
#120: Update jQuery URL Parser
#120: Update html.md
#130: Add new
configuration file to simplify future changes
- Plenty of bug fixes and UI tweaks
Since I created my first Google Chrome extension, Template
(then URL Copy), I have struggled to keep my user base over 200 users. Some weeks it
would be just over the mark and then drop anywhere from 50 to 100 users, and the cycle would
start all over again.
However, since the recent update
for the Chrome Web Store I've seen
a steady increase in users and I'm really glad to say that Template
has crossed the 1,000 user mark (1,011 when publishing this post). Hurray! After all of the effort
I've put in to it it's amazing to finally see it reaching people.
I'm not sure what exactly increased its visibility and/or attractiveness but Google have
definitely done something right. Maybe it was the fact that I adopted the new promotional and
supporting image specifications early. Maybe it was the fancy unicode characters I added to the
description. Or maybe it just got noticed. The truth is I'll never know, but I just hope it
Unfortunately, I can't really say the same for my second extension, iOrder,
as it seems to be stuck around 15 users. However, I'm not too frustrated by this as it was a
little experiment and tool mainly for my own use that I thought I'd share. It's just a shame I
didn't finish it before the iPhone release date.
Overall, the web store's new look is great for users and developers alike. Plus, it gave me the
opportunity to contribute
to one of my most used extensions, My Extensions.
Any Chrome extension developers out there should definitely use this extension by George Papadakis
to keep track of their user base.
It's been a lot harder than expected to find time to work on implementing social networks in to
Template so I decided to take out the other changes
originally for 0.3.0.0 and include them in a newer update.
The changes in version 0.2.4.0 are all aimed at making the options page even easier to use.
Although the majority of you won't even notice these changes hopefully you will all benefit from
#38: Add help
documentation for general settings on options page
template export process no longer require external resource
#44: Many minor
UI changes in options page
After finding myself constantly refreshing the order page for my new iPhone 4S
I decided I would ease the pain of others waiting for their iDevice orders to
be updated. iOrder is a unique and simple Google Chrome
extension that needs only the order number and delivery zip/post code to keep
you automatically updated with the progress of your order.
Don't just take my word for it, try it yourself!
As promised after 0.2.3.0, Template
has a brand new logo... again! The 0.2.3.1 update also includes another minor bug fix but the new
logo is the main purpose of this release. I'm much happier with this new logo and hopefully you
content script conflicts between version updates
I've decided to release a small update for Template
today. Version 0.2.3.0 includes some minor changes but mainly a redesign of the icons used.
Google recently contacted all extension developers saying
that icons, screenshots and promotional images must meet their new criteria to be promoted on
their Chrome Web Store so I thought I better
update my images since I'm struggling to keep it above 200 users at the moment. Honestly, I
didn't like the previous logo but I'm not exactly 100% sure about the new one except when I used
it in the promotional images.
I think I'll find another logo to use in the extension itself as it doesn't look great in the
toolbar... Expect a 0.2.3.1 update within the week ;)
Unfortunately, 0.3.0.0 is still a bit away as I am currently working on some new projects I've
had ideas for and it will take a lot of effort to do right. I am hoping to have it completed
before 2012 though as I want to have the final release (1.0.0) done before the extension is a
- Rebrand logo and create new promotional images
#36: Improve URL
derivation when using the context menu
- Update jQuery to v1.6.4
Today I made a quick 1.0.2 release for qr.js which contains
renamed methods within the API which I
feel will make it more simple and understandable to use.
I strongly recommend using
from now on as their old method names will probably be completely removed in
a future release (not sure when though).