Documentation and Parental Cruelty
geradamas at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 23 11:04:43 EDT 2007
Eric Chatonet wrote:
"Fortunately, you have a father able to help you"
As little as possible:
What I like about the whole x-Talk family of RADs is
that new users can get-up-and-running with little or
no external help.
If one spoon-feeds a child information one ends up
with a parrot whose natural creativity has been
1. Started off Andro with a calculator - no reference
to the Documentation.
1.5. Moving buttons and random numbers.
2. The "corny" movie-player (playback speed, pause,
play backwards, etc.): everytime Andro asks a question
I have said "look in the Documentation".
Now, while part of this is out of my innate sadism;
another part is because I am extremely curious how a
child with no programming experience will interact
with the help-system. His blanket comment: that the
help system is crap: is next to useless itself. I am
now trying to get him to explain exactly what his
problems are with it - that might prove useful.
3. revSpeak and user-feedback: completely relying on
sincerely, Richmond Mathewson
A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development Life Cycle.
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