simon.harper at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Mar 29 06:27:03 CDT 2007
Hi there, and I do agree that, as a coder of 15 years, I would
normally go on gut instinct. However, being used to c/c++, Java and
Perl the Revolution Transcript syntax and expressions are not
'natural' for me, as I'm trained to think in the more mathematical
syntax of these grammars and not the more discursive grammar of
Transcript. I'm sure I'll get it with persistence but I just think
that coders moving over could really do with good documentation as it
just is not intuitive for a people with experience of these other
'conventional' languages, IMO.
However, having said that I'm actually really enjoying learning it
and am persisting because I can see long term benefits of using
Revolution as a RAD tool. Having said this I've another question
which I'll send as a separate email...
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On 29 Mar 2007, at 12:15, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> 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
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