Documentation & Books -- revJournal status report
asg618 at mac.com
Tue Jul 6 12:30:56 CDT 2004
> Judy Perry wrote:
>> Novice programmers can't be expected to 'dig for diamonds' because
>> (a) don't know how to dig, (b) don't know what to dig with or for,
>> and (c)
>> don't know how to ask relevant questions. But with HC's UI and
>> documentation (with indices) and Danny Goodman's book (with an
>> index), many learned successful digging techniques.
>> Of course your book cannot be all things to all people, but when
>> after person comes to the list saying that what they really want/need
>> something along the lines of Danny Goodman's book, well, perhaps they
>> indicating that there is a need along those lines as well as what you
I've read your comments with great interest. For the most part, I agree
that many users/potential users of Revolution need just the kind of
documentation you describe. That's part of the reason I started
revJournal -- to provide non-programmers with the necessary big picture
view of what it means to program, and how to go about it in Revolution.
One year ago this past weekend, revJournal got off to a great start. To
date, we have 189 registered members, and have had over 32,000 visits
to the site. Now, these aren't stellar numbers, and most of the fault
for that lies in the fact that we've been unable to keep the site fresh
with regular content. There are only so many hours in each day, and
voluntary efforts like revJournal always take a back seat to the stuff
that pays the bills. Still, based on the feedback we received about the
existing content, many "newbies" found the material useful. And RunRev
very much wants the site to continue, and to improve.
So, with encouragement from RunRev, I've renewed the domain name and
the hosting service for revJournal for another year. For at least the
next twelve months, then, the material will remain available. But the
project still runs the risk of petering out due to lack of fresh
So, in the spirit of my original intent behind revJournal, as well as
your thoughtful comments, I hope to revisit my original revSchool
articles in the near future. By year's end, I hope to finish the
work-in-progress that I began to explore in the first series of
As always, I invite contributions from the Rev community -- if you have
an idea for something you want to write that you think will be useful
to other users, please get in touch. I'm happy to consider material
covering just about any rev-related topic, of just about any length.
On a personal note, I want to thank Dan for his book, which I think is
just terrific. Aside from Rev's own documentation, which I use every
time I fire up the program, Dan's book is the second source I turn to
when I have a question (and the ONLY source I turn to when I'm not
sitting in front of my computer).
I also want to thank the revJournal contributors: Sarah, Richard, Dan,
and Bjornke. These folks have generously provided so much useful
content, and the site wouldn't exist without them. Thanks to all, and I
hope I can count on your continued contributions.
That's it for now -- keep on revvin' folks!
Alan S. Golub
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