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From "Mark H. Wood" <mw...@IUPUI.Edu>
Subject Re: Lowering in amount of users' posts?
Date Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:44:04 GMT
I too see a widening gap between development and the user base.  It
seemed as though, when 2.2 came out, those who knew how it worked had
already lost interest in it and were in hot pursuit of 3.0.  2.1
(where most of the users were, and perhaps still are) was left
twisting slowly in the wind.

2.1 documentation is thin, but 2.2's is worse than none at all:  one
loses hours following circles of links thinking, "there must be
something here *somewhere*!"

Asking questions is good, but there's no reward for the behavior when
the only answer is "try 3.0."  It's clear that a number of folks feel
abandoned, and few will talk when they think no one is listening.

There's nothing wrong with improving the product, and the changes in
Cocoon make sense.  (I can't name any other user of the Avalon
framework with the same significance as Cocoon -- and the Avalon
documentation is tremendously frustrating too.  There are a gazillion
books on Spring.)  But without *thorough, complete* documentation and
just plain attention to older versions, there's no bridge from where
many of us are to where Cocoon stands today.

Using Maven makes sense, but there's a problem too, because Maven is
also woefully under-documented.  So the build process becomes a
mystery wrapped in an enigma.  OK, theoretically there's less need to
build Cocoon 2.2+; in practice there's a very great need to apply a
number of patches that should have gone into a 2.2.1 long ago, and
then debug further.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood@IUPUI.Edu
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