Now I know how The President feels. Peter Fernandez, director of Information Products for our middleware, which includes Java Enterprise System (JES), pointed out something pretty cool that's been happening on BigAdmin for several months. We dropped a bomb on who? Why didn't you tell me?!
According to Peter, for the past few months the Java ES SysAdmin Hub has provided a listing (updated monthly) of SWI documents published or updated on docs.sun.com in the preceding 3 months. The listing is divided across hub pages by language, which has made some of our Japanese customers very happy.
The work going on in the Java ES SysAdmin Hub is particularly cool because for the past year we've been slowly making BigAdmin more international. Beneath the Message of the Day (MOTD) box, for instance, just below the link to the MOTD archive, you'll see a small box with three languages. Clicking on it will take you to BigAdmin's Multilingual (ML) Hub. The ML hub provides articles in these languages:
And, we just received a tech tip in Portuguese!
These are just the first steps in what we hope will be a gradual transformation of BigAdmin into a fully multi-lingual site. They're only the first steps, but already they've been well received. Last quarter, thanks to the efforts of Michael Monaghan, Kimm Yeo, Christoff Pintaske and their crew, plus BigAdmin's very own Robert Weeks, the Multilingual Hub won the People's Choice Award at Sun. (No cash, no Fiji, no trophies. Just glory.) We'll make the transformation gradual so you don't lose your landmarks, but little by little it should help out sysadmins who prefer to cronjob in their native tongue.
?Que te parece, Panchito?
Getting back to the JES hub, the February update (covering docs published in Nov, Dec, and Jan) has just been posted. Check it out:
February Update to JES Documentation in Multiple Languages