geradamas at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 29 06:15:11 CDT 2007
I beleive one of the main reasons RR does not spend a
lot of time and resources on updating documentation is
because a very large number of programmers don't read
the documentation in anything but a cursory manner -
relying on their intuition, their past experience and
their willingness ot "get their feet wet" instead.
When I was learning PASCAL (Durham, 1984) the standard
joke going around the computer labs was that the last
person to write a computer programming manual had had
a mausoleum constructed out of unsold copies.
I have yet to read a really user-friendly programming
manual as most computer-programmers who write manuals
do not seem to spend a lot of time on audience
research or the finer points of reader-response
The other reason why RR may not take their
documentation too seriously is that, in my experience,
the best manual I am aware of for Runtime Revolution
is this Use-List - it is dynamic, adaptive and
generally very friendly.
I am always happy, either on or off-list, to answer
the most basic Newbie questions:
geradamas at yahoo dot com
richmond at mail dot maclaunch dot com
There are many contributors to this list who can
answer both those basic ones, and more tricky ones, in
a way far better than I can.
sincerely, Richmond Mathewson
A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development Life Cycle.
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