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Globalyzer 6.0 Release Notes - September 2017

This release provides the following new features:

  • Support for Local Rule Sets using Lite: This feature allows scanning to occur without accessing the Globalyzer Server. Rule sets are stored in local files, rather than retrieved from the Server. Use of this feature requires a Globalyzer License to be downloaded from the Server and stored on your local machine. Also note that this feature is only available for Globalyzer Lite. The Workbench, for example, still requires a connection to the Globalyzer Server.
  • Dashboard False Positive: A new status has been implemented for Globalyzer, called Dashboard False Positive, or DFP. This status allows the false positives manually ignored in the Workbench (via status changes) to be reflected on the Dashboard. When an issue is set to DFP, the Dashboard is updated and the issue is ignored. The Workbench can also update its list of DFP issues from the Dashboard, allowing the Workbench to ignore false positives found and set by other developers.
  • Lite Jenkins Plugin: On-boarding a Globalyzer Lite Jenkins job is made easy by the new Jenkins Plugins.
  • Security Enhancements: Several security enhancements have been implemented for the Globalyzer Server. Our password encryption algorithm has been upgraded to use bcrypt, forgot password now performs a password reset rather than retrieval, and we now guard against clickjacking and directory/path traversal attacks. Our version of Tomcat has been upgraded to enable some of these security features.
  • Report Enhancements: Previously, generating reports from the Workbench only included issues with Active or Todo status. Now, you can choose the statuses of interest, generating a report of Filtered issues, for instance.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.4 release

  • Support for 4-byte UTF-8 Characters: Updates the MySQL database used by the Globalyzer Server (and the Globalyzer Workbench if installed to use MySQL) to accept 4-byte characters, such as 𡇙. Previously, only supported up to 3-byte UTF-8 characters. Note that your MySQL version must be 5.5.3 or later and MySQL variable settings must be updated to utf8mb4. Instructions are available in Server upgrade documentation as well as Client download and installation directions.
  • Introducing json as a resource type for JavaScript: JavaScript embedded strings can now be externalized to json files.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.3 release

<p>This release provides the following new features:

  • Introducing the Swift Rule Set: We added a new Rule Set to support the Swift programming language. It contains rules for Embedded Strings, Locale-Sensitive Methods, Static File References, and General Patterns.
  • Enhanced Perl Rule Set: In release 5.2, we added support for Perl Locale-Sensitive Methods, but no content. In this release, we provide Locale-Sensitive Methods and their corresponding help, in addition to new rules in other categories.
  • Introducing the Globalyzer MVN Plugin: MVN projects can be scanned using our Globalyzer MVN plugin. The Globalyzer MVN plugin scans your MVN project and generates scan reports to a directory specified in the pom.xml file. We ask our MVN customers to install the MVN plugin in a private MVN repository for your company. Once installed, all developers can then access the plugin to scan their code.

      Note: As of 5.3, all Globalyzer Clients are compiled with Java 8; to run a client, you must have Java 8 (or later) installed on your machine.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.2.1 release

This release provides an update to the Globalyzer Workbench (5.2.1): It is now based on Eclipse version 4.6 (Neon) which runs on Java 8. The previous version of the Workbench (5.2.0) was based on Eclipse 3.7 and is now deprecated. Workbench 5.2.0 is kept for those clients with previous version of Java, like Java 7. However, we strongly recommend using Workbench 5.2.1 and Java 8.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.2 release

  • Introducing Rule Categories: Rules now have a new Category attribute that allows rules across the rule set to be grouped. Rules can then be quickly enabled/disabled according to category from the Edit Rule Set page.
  • Enhanced JavaScript Rule Set includes jQuery, AngularJS, ReactJS, and NodeJS specific rules: These new rules use the Category attribute to identify the JavaScript library associated with the rule. From the Edit Rule Set page, enable or disable rules for the JavaScript Library Categories to more effectively scan your code. New detection and filter rules have been added to scan code that uses
    • jQuery
    • AngularJS
    • ReactJS
    • and NodeJS libraries.
  • New Filter Type for JavaScript Rule Sets - String Statement Filters: If Globalyzer detects a string literal within the statement of a String Statement Filter pattern, that string will be excluded from the Embedded String Scan Results. If multiple statements are on one line, it will only filter the strings found in the filtered statement, and leave other strings on the line detected. If a filtered statement spans multiple lines, it will filter the embedded strings across the multiple code lines.
  • Support for HTML Tag Libraries: Globalyzer now supports skipping Tag Library tags during its HTML Embedded String scan, resulting in cleaner scan results. The Tag Library tags are configured in the Ignored HTML Tags rules.
  • Locale-Sensitive Method Support for the Perl Rule Set: You can now configure Locale-Sensitive Methods for Perl Rule Sets.
  • Support for Mason Files: Globalyzer can now scan Mason Files, which are files containing JavaScript, HTML, and Perl.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.1 release

  • Finer control configuring Locale-Sensitive Methods for Java: There are two new fields when configuring Locale-Sensitive Methods for Java, Class or Variable Type and Parameter Type(s) to Filter. If the Class or Variable Type is specified, then only method calls for this class will be detected. If Parameter Type(s) to Filter is specified, then if one of the arguments is of the specified type, the Locale-Sensitive Method will not be detected.
    • For example, you can now configure toLowerCase to be detected only when called via the java.lang.String class only if a java.util.Locale parameter has not been provided.
  • Globalyzer Lite and API Enhancements: Globalyzer Lite and the API now support setting session and scan options, similar to what is already available in the Globalyzer Workbench. These new options include:
    • the location of the data dictionary
    • whether or not to filter results against the dictionary
    • the scan timeout duration, source file encoding, result types to scan
    • comment text.
  • Globalyzer Lite Login Feature: You can now set default login information for Globalyzer Lite by creating a .globalyzerrc file. When processing Project Definition Files, Lite will grab the username/password information from the .globalyzerrc file if it is not provided in the Project Definition File itself.

For more detailed information on 5.1 features, please go to Globalyzer 5.1 Features

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 5.0 release

  • String Concatenation Detection: Globalyzer now flags string literals that are part of string concatenations, helping you to easily identify and refactor the concatenation before externalizing strings to resource files. As Globalyzer scans your source code, it sets a detected string's Scan Results priority to the new string concatenation priority 'C' when at least one of the following conditions are true:
    • string literal starts or ends with white space
    • string literal is preceded or followed by (language specific) concatenation characters
    • string literal is a parameter to a Locale-Sensitive Method configured to have priority 0 (the string concatenation priority)
    • See Globalyzer Concatenation
  • Finer control when configuring String Method Filters and String Method Patterns for Java: When configuring String Method Filters and String Method Patterns for your Java Rule Set, you can now optionally include Class or Variable Type(s) to give you finer control over issues being filtered/detected. For example, rather than filtering all strings passed to the method, setName, you can associate a Class name so filtering will only take place when the embedded string is passed to the setName method of the specified Class.
  • Globalyzer Lite Project Definition File Generation from Workbench: Save time setting up Globalyzer Lite by generating your Globalyzer Lite Project Definition File from the Workbench. Create your Workbench Project and then select File->Export->Globalyzer->Export Project Definition (Lite).

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.8.5 release

This release focuses on Globalyzer Lite features:

  • Improved Globalyzer Lite Integration Support: Globalyzer Lite lets developers check i18n compliance before committing to a source repository.
    • IDE Internationalization Support: Globalyzer Lite now supports navigating to a candidate issue within an IDE by clicking on the issue in the IDE console window. The documentation covers integration within Visual Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, and Eclipse. Integration with numerous other IDEs is also possible.
    • Build Integration: Added new command line option to specify the type of console output at the command line.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.8.3 release

This release includes bug fixes and these features:

  • Improved Globalyzer Lite Integration Support: Globalyzer Lite lets developers check i18n compliance before committing to a source repository.
    • IDE Internationalization Support: Globalyzer Lite now supports finding and correcting internationalization issues entirely within an IDE. Our documentation covers integration within Visual Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, and Eclipse. Integration with numerous other IDEs is also possible.
    • Build Integration: Added new command line options. The project location, scan items, and report directory can now be easily specified at runtime.
  • Enhanced Configuration Options for Enterprise Servers:
    • Enterprise Servers can now configure information and links that display on the Login screen, as well as messages that display for LDAP-configured servers.
    • In addition, a default team name may be configured; if specified, newly created users will automatically be assigned to the default team.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.8 release

  • Introducing Globalyzer Lite: Globalyzer Lite is a lightweight version of the Globalyzer Client.
    • It is smaller and faster to install than the Globalyzer Workbench and CLI.
    • It requires no external database.
    • A Project Definition XML file allows for the creation of temporary projects and scans, execution of those scans, and generation of corresponding reports. This can be particularly useful in a Continuous Integration model.
    • Multiple projects can be processed simultaneously on the same machine.
    • Note: This feature requires special licensing. Please contact sales@lingoport.com.
  • Globalyzer Server Runs on Java 8: The 4.8 release upgrades the Globalyzer server to run on Java 1.8 (for our Enterprise users).

Note: Tomcat 7 is now required for deploying the 4.8 Globalyzer Server.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.7 release.

Note: As of the 4.6 Release, Globalyzer requires Java 1.7. Please make sure that JDK 1.7 is installed on your machine before attempting to install the Globalyzer Client.

  • The Globalyzer API: The Globalyzer API allows you to create Globalyzer projects and scans, execute scans, and generate reports from a java program. This enables projects to be created "on the fly." For example, during code check-in, the check-in process could trigger the execution of a java program that calls the API to scan the source code, enabling timely feedback on its internationalization status. See the Globalyzer API reference page for more information on how to use this new feature.
  • LDAP for Enterprise Servers: The Globalyzer Server can be configured to use your company's LDAP system. All Globalyzer user access and information is then managed by LDAP. Note: This feature requires special licensing. Please contact sales@lingoport.com.
  • Improved Rule Sets: Updated Globalyzer default rule sets, with specific attention on JavaScript and Objective-C.

Should you encounter problems or have questions, please email support@lingoport.com.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.6 release.

  • Introducing String Operand Filters/Patterns: This feature (available for all languages except HTML) allows you to filter/retain string literals that are compared with, or assigned to, variables. For languages such as XML, you can use this to filter out string attributes.
  • Filter Strings used as Array Indices for C#, PHP, and JavaScript: C#, PHP, and JavaScript support Associative Arrays, where strings can be used to index arrays. String literals used in this manner are not user-facing and should be filtered. This filtering is now performed automatically; there is no Rule Set configuration work required. Note that this has only been implemented for C#, PHP, and JavaScript.
  • Managers can Assign Ownership of Rule Sets: Prior to this feature, only Rule Set owners could assign their Rule Sets to another user within the company. Now, managers can assign Rule Sets of team members to other users within the company.
  • Email False Positive Scan Results to Lingoport: Feedback from Globalyzer users regarding false positive Scan Results has been invaluable. To help facilitate this feedback, the Workbench now allows the user to select entries in Scan Results and email them to Lingoport via a menu selection. This information will help us further refine our default Rule Sets.
  • Improved JavaScript Rule Set: New filters have been added to the JavaScript Rule Set and help for JavaScript Locale-Sensitive Methods has been enhanced.
  • Secure HTTP: Globalyzer now supports the additional security of HTTPS for all data that passes between the Client and the globalyzer.com Server.
  • New version command for the Command Line Client: The Globalyzer Command Line Client now supports --version and -ver to provide version information for both the Client and the Server.
  • String Method Filters/Patterns now filter/retain Strings within Nested Methods: If string literals are passed to a nested method, they will be filtered if the outer method is a String Method Filter, and retained if the outer method is a String Method Pattern.
  • Reason Field in Scan Results more Descriptive for Embedded Strings: In addition to displaying the pattern of the rule (that either filtered or retained the Embedded String), the Reason field now includes "Literal", "Line", "Method", or "Operand", to indicate the type of the rule.
  • Reorganization of Reference Section Help: The Reference Section Help has been organized into Command Line, Server, and Workbench Reference sections.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.5 release.

  • Rule Set Inheritance: Rule Sets now support inheritance! A Rule Set can be created to extend an existing Rule Set. The new Rule Set inherits all the rules of the parent Rule Set and can add new rules and/or override inherited rules. This allows companies to centrally manage core Rule Sets and project teams can then inherit the modifications.
  • Comparing Rule Sets: Available from the Command Line Interface, Rule Sets defined on the server can now be compared, generating an HTML report with the differences.
  • Support for Android: The Java Rule Set has been enhanced to support android applications. New String Method Filters, String Literal Filters, and String Line Filters have been added to weed out false positive Embedded Strings.
  • Time Stamps in Console Output and in Show Log: Time Stamps have been added to the Console output as well as the Show Log HTML page.
  • Updated RESX Resource File: The generated RESX Resource File has been updated from version 1.3 to 2.0.

Our 4.3.1 release made a few important tuning and performance improvements in the areas of MySQL Client database support, scanning, and the File Inspector.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.3 release.

  • Shared Globalyzer Projects: Globalyzer project and scan configuration (without scan results) can now be shared. Instead of explicitly importing and exporting projects, Globalyzer manages these tasks automatically, enabling team members to work on the same project seamlessly. See the Shared Projects reference page for more information on how to use this new feature.
  • Import/Merge: When importing a Globalyzer project that already exists in your workspace, you now have the option to either Overwrite or Merge. Overwrite deletes your existing project before importing the new one; merge combines the imported project with your existing one.
  • Globalyzer Data Directory Location: During Client Installation, you are now prompted for the location of the Data Directory, where Globalyzer stores application data and log files as well as the optional HSQLDB database. The default is [userhome]/.globalyzer, but this can be set to another location.
  • Additional Help on Headless Globalyzer Install: Login to the Globalyzer Server and click on the Globalyzer Client download link. The Client Installation download page includes instructions on how to install the Globalyzer Client via a script as opposed to a GUI. You'll want to use this when installing Globalyzer to build machines where Globalyzer scanning can be part of the nightly build.
  • Suggested Rule Sets for Unsupported Languages: The Create Rule Set reference page provides Rule Set suggestions for currently unsupported languages.
  • File Inspector Report Line Counts: Line counts have been added to File Inspector Reports.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.2 release.

  • Objective-C Rule Set: We've added this important rule set to help you internationalize your iOS and other Objective-C applications. In addition to scanning for i18n issues in Objective-C source code, Globalyzer supports string externalization to Objective-C's preferred text resource file type: strings
  • Ability to Assign Rule Sets to Others: Though team members can share rule sets, only the rule set owner can made modifications. This feature facilitates passing rule set ownership to another. Just edit the rule set and select a new owner in the Owner dropdown.
  • Launch Client without First Creating a Rule Set on the Server: This feature supports the natural process of using Globalyzer: first create a Project, then run File Inspector, then create Rule Sets and Scans.
  • Create Rule Sets from the Client: To facilitate rule set creation, Globalyzer now supports the ability to create new rule sets directly from the Client. You may still want do some customization on the Server, but it's now even easier to create that first set of rule sets as you're running the Client, creating your Globalyzer Project and looking at the results of your File Inspection report to determine which rule sets you'll need for scanning your source code.
  • Additional default Scan Views: In addition to All Active, there are now default Scan Views for Priority 1, Priority 2, Priority 1 and 2, Ignore, Invalid, ToDo, Filtered, All, and All but Active and Filtered.
  • Notification of Newer Globalyzer Versions on Client Startup: On Client startup, a popup displays if there is a newer version of the Client available or if there is a Client/Server version mismatch; the popup includes a link to the latest Client download.
  • Demo Results displayed based on Priority: When a demo user executes scans, up to 100 active results are reported. This feature focuses on reporting mostly higher priority issues. It reports 50 Priority 1 issues, 30 Priority 2 issues, 20 Priority 3 issues, 5 Priority 4 issues, and 5 Priority 5 issues.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.1.1 release.

  • Additional options when pseudo-localizing your resource files:
    • Pseudo-localize all your base resource files at one time by using the new Localize All button.
    • Use the new Start and End fields to specify characters to be displayed before and after each string. This helps you quickly identify layout issues where the full string is not fitting. For example [String]
    • You can also specify that each character of the string itself be replaced by an accented character for easier differentiation from English strings. For example Šţŕîñg
  • Support for Delphi RC resource file type: The Delphi language requires its own version of the RC resource file type. Upon string externalization, a .pas file is created and updated, along with the .h and .rc files.
  • .NET Tutorial: To accompany our Java tutorial, the .NET tutorial takes your through the basic steps involved in internationalizing a simple .NET Web application.

The following lists new features in the Globalyzer 4.1 release.

  • Refine your Rule Set from within the Client: The Globayzer Client now allows you to create both filter and detection rules, rescan your code to see their effects, and update the Rule Set on the server when you are satisfied with the results. This Scan Result driven approach to fine-tuning your Rule Set should help you significantly streamline your scanning and filtering process.
  • Prioritize your internationalization work: Globalyzer now prioritizes its locale-sensitive method, general pattern, and static file reference detections (in addition to embedded string detections implemented in version 3.5), helping you focus on the most likely issues first. These priority settings can be customized. You'll see the priority breakdown both on screen and in the many reports that are provided for you to track and manage your progress.
  • Retain and prioritize strings passed to specified methods: Rule Sets now include a new detection, called String Method Patterns. This feature allows you to specifically identify methods that are passed strings that would be displayed to the end user. For example, in javascript we have added confirm, in C# Show, and in java JLabel. By identifying these types of methods and configuring them in your Rule Set, you can set the priority for these string detections and ensure that they are addressed during your internationalization process.
  • Disable Scan Feature: Scans can now be disabled. Disabled scans can be configured but are not scanned (automatically or manually) and the scan results are not available/displayed. This feature is useful for limiting the amount of rescanning that occurs when configuring scans. The user can focus on one scan, disabling the others.
  • All resource types now support group mode: In group mode, externalized strings are grouped by file in the resource file.
  • All resource types now support comments: Comments can be added to resource files and will be preserved during subsequent string externalizations.