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Before you can start localization, you must make sure that the file or database you want to localize can be localized. This process is called internationalization (Wikipedia). The internationalization of application contains important parts. The first is resourcing, where you replace hard-coded strings with resource strings. The second is code enabling, where you make sure that you don't have any single locale or language-dependent code. Generally, you have to follow the internationalization guidelines set by the author of the platform you use. For example, if you use .NET, you should follow the internationalization articles found in .NET documentation.
Writing internationalized code from the start is not any harder or slower than writing a traditional locale-dependent code. This is why you should learn how to write property internationalized code and always write such code. Even if you don't plan to localize your application right now, it is better to write internationalized code. If you already have source code that has not been internationalized, you can use Soluling's Resourcer tool. It removes hardcoded strings from your source code files and replaces them with resource strings.
Use our internationalization API to use more advanced features that your platform's native API does not provide.