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Announcing OneSky Localization Academy

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Today, we’re excited to announce OneSky Localization Academy—a resourceful place for you to become an expert localization engineer, for free.

Go to OneSky Localization Academy now!

A new learning hub

The Academy is full of best practices we’ve learned by working with thousands of companies on their internationalization setup, translation workflow, and internal infrastructure. You’ll start with the basics of how to localize an app from scratch, best practices in internationalization (i18n), and more!

We just released the first course on the Academy, Introduction to iOS Localization. This tutorial walks you through the basics of localizing an iOS app, such internationalizing .storyboard and .m files. We’ll also cover the best ways to handle plurals, format strings and .NSLocalizableString.

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Why now? Why here?

From our experience, localization is by far the most underestimated of growth tactics. The knowledge gap is huge. Few startups or game studios know how to localize their apps more efffectively to attract overseas users. The technical debts stack up, because they didn’t build a better infrastructure for localization at the very beginning. It makes startups further avoiding localization, and turns out, they miss global market opportunities.

This is why we have put the tutorials together. We want to increase the awareness of engineers towards localization. We believe a resourceful, convenient learning hub is a solution to bridge the knowledge gap.

You may have learned localization from some online resources or somewhere else. But these online resources may be unorganized and outdated. Here at the Academy, you can learn the latest development of app localization step by step. The Academy’s curriculum is based on our experience with thousands of mobile app and games clients. We understand what pieces of knowledge is lacking among the most app developers, and we build our teaching materials for easy learning.

The Academy is constantly evolving, too. We will regularly add new courses, internationalization resources and reference to the Academy. We also welcome feedbacks to make our Academy grow better. That’s why we added a “Ask Us Anything” section to the Academy. At AUA you can ask any problem you have encountered in localization, and our engineers will help you out.

The difference between the Blog and the Academy

While we launch OneSky Academy, we’ll still continue to deliver great content here at OneSky Blog. The focus of OneSky Blog and OneSky Academy is different. OneSky Blog will focus on crafting content for non-engineers, i.e. marketers, localizers and product managers. But at OneSky Academy, you will find the localization guides for developers.

Take app localization for example, you will find an eBook that is written for product manager at OneSky Blog. But if you are a developer that is searching for more technical tips, you may check out our OneSky Academy instead.

We hope you find the Academy educational and helpful. If you have any topics you’d like us to cover or ideas on the content, we’d love to hear them! Leave us comments or tweet us your thoughts @OneSkyApp!

Go to OneSky Localization Academy now!

Patrick Yip

Written by Patrick Yip

Patrick Yip is the former Head of Marketing at OneSky. Heavily attracted to any brilliant growth strategy, well-crafted content and the idea of making the Internet globally accessible.