TranslateMe – my first Chrome extension

I spend long hours reading on-line (don’t we all?). Most of interesting material is available in English only (including en.wikipedia.org which is much superior to my native pl.wikipedia.org), so I tend to read all in that language. And as it is my second tongue, I need to use translator quite often. Google translator is doing pretty good job with helping me, but the manual process (copy->new tab->type address->paste) was just too slow to be comfortable. This is where the idea for extension for Chrome came from.

Basic needs for the plugin were defined as:

  • No need to open translate.google.com everytime I need a translation
  • No need to copy/paste to translate
  • Quick
  • No more than 3 hours to develop (including the ramp up – this was my first attempt to create a Chrome Extension)

The result is quite encouraging – the extension is working and can be downloaded from Chrome Web Store. More information about the extension can be found here (click!)

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