Apart from hard-coding “Hello, world!”, another bad habit you may have picked up when you learned programming is constructing user-visible messages from parts: strings, numbers and other data, concatenated together.
For example, say that you had to show the user how many unread messages there are in a given mailbox. Let’s assume that
mailboxName contains the name of the mailbox, and
messageCount holds the number of unread messages. In Java, you might be tempted to whip up a user-visible message like this:
String message = "There are " + messageCount + " unread messages in mailbox '" + mailboxName + "'";
This is not the way to do it in an international application. Let’s find out why, and have a look at a better and much more future-proof way of doing it.Read more →