Author: FIGBERT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2021 19:12:50 -0700
Add project summary for my work on SimplyTranslate
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diff --git a/content/projects/index.gmi b/content/projects/index.gmi
@@ -24,3 +24,4 @@ I make things! Here are some of them! They're open source!
=> txtodo.gmi txtodo: a minimalist todo list app
=> tofu.gmi Tofu: an easy-to-use 2FA app for iOS
+=> simply-translate.gmi SimplyTranslate: a private front end for Google Translate
diff --git a/content/projects/simply-translate.gmi b/content/projects/simply-translate.gmi
@@ -0,0 +1,32 @@
+SimplyTranslate is a collection of "translation scrapers with interfaces for gemini and the web," made by metalune.
+=> gemini://metalune.xyz Check out metalune on their Gemini capsule!
+In other words, SimplyTranslate is a privacy-respecting front end for Google Translate, similar to Twitter's Nitter. Over the course of a couple days – and one synchronous hacking session – I containerized the program to make it easier to deploy on servers worldwide.
+When I first found the program, I immediately wanted to add it to my collection of self-hosted front ends. I had only one problem: I run my services with Docker, and SimplyTranslate had no Dockerfile. I tried slapping something together quickly, but curling from the container only threw an error:
+curl: (52) Empty reply from server
+I hopped onto the #simple-web IRC channel on Libera.Chat and started chatting with the devs. A couple days of back-and-forth later, we sat down to debug together. After scouring the internet, we determined that the application was binding to the wrong interface: 127.0.0.1, which is only accessible from the local machine, instead of 0.0.0.0, which is public.
+I cooked up a pair of working Dockerfiles – the first running the app directly and the second through uvicorn:
+=> https://www.uvicorn.org a fast ASGI server for Python.
+Metalune made a repo for the Dockerfiles, and I sent in a patch via email. It was committed within the hour.
+=> https://git.sr.ht/~metalune/simplytranslate_docker/ Check out the repo,
+=> https://lists.sr.ht/~metalune/simplytranslate-devel/patches/23516 the patch I sent,
+=> https://git.sr.ht/~metalune/simplytranslate_docker/commit/4fc34e3503def3a8436dab4f84a1731070a715ba and the commit itself.
+This contribution was particularly interesting! We collaborated over IRC and across timezones, and I ended up returning to git's roots by submitting the patch via git send-email. Compared to the GitHub workflow, this feels very natural!
+You can use SimplyTranslate over on metalune's hosted instance, either
+=> https://translate.metalune.xyz/ on the web
+=> gemini://translate.metalune.xyz/ or on Gemini.
+Also feel free to browse the source code
+=> https://sr.ht/~metalune/SimplyTranslate/sources over on SourceHut.