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RandomHello plugin - 'Hello' in different languages

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I've always thought it was cool that Flickr would say "Hello" to you in a different language each time you logged in. So a couple of days ago I decided to code up a simple Wordpress plugin which would allow me (and hopefully others!) to do the same on any page or post. And the result is the RandomHello plugin. The plugin is currently active on this site and you can see it in action on the homepage.

I invoke the plugin in a fail-safe manner, i.e. if the plugin isn't active in my Wordpress installation then the homepage will just use the plain English "Hello". The code I used for this is:

if (class_exists('RandomHello') && method_exists(RandomHello, 'hello'))  
    echo 'Hello';  

All the 'hello' words in the plugin are grabbed from http://www.wikihow.com/Say-Hello-in-Different-Languages. The list of languages in the plugin isn't comprehensive. You can add more yourself to the array in the plugin code:

class RandomHello  
  private static $_Hellos = array(  
    "Afrikaans" => "Haai",  
    "Albanian" => "Tungjatjeta",  
    "A'Leamona" => "Tél-nìdõ",  
    "Armenian" => "Barev",  
    "Azerbaijani" => "Salam",  

If you do add some yourself or if you know of any more then let me know and I'll add them in to the main plugin distribution :)