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From "Stan Bradbury (JIRA)" <derby-...@db.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (DERBY-913) [WWD] Proposal to create and add Working With Derby, an activity-based tutorial document, to the Derby documentation set
Date Tue, 07 Mar 2006 01:15:31 GMT
     [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-913?page=all ]

Stan Bradbury updated DERBY-913:

    Attachment: wwdDitaSrc0306_Ch1and2.zip

Version 1.2 of Chapters 1 and 2 of Working With Derby - based on the version 1.1 proposal
and outline:
wwdDitaSrc0306_Ch1and2.zip - the dita source files and ditamap for Chap 1 and 2

workingwithderby0306.pdf - PDF for Review and comment:  Chap 1 and 2.

Also requesting specific feed back on the  following two items:
I would appreciate comment (support for or alternatives to) the following:

1) The basic organization of each activity (BASIC ACTIVITY FORMAT).  INTENT: The organization
separates explanations (body text) from the command examples and output.  This allows people
that just want to execute the commands to jump to the 'Activity Sequence' and launch into
using the product without reading any explanation at all.     BASIC ACTIVITY FORMAT:
Each activity begins with a  bulleted list that describe the commands that appear in the 'Activity
sequence' that follows.  The 'Activity Sequence' shows the commands and output (for most a
cut-N-paste from a command shell).  Occasionally a LABEL will appear in the 'Activity Sequence'
where there is a difference between Windows and Unix syntax to identify the OS the example

2) Referencing the Derby installation file path.  I see setting and using the environment
variable DERBY_HOME (currently called DERBY_INSTALL) to indicate the filesystem path to the
DERBY installation as the best way to provide command syntax examples (e.g.   java -jar $DERBY_HOME/derbytools.jar
 With the changes made by DERBY-1019 is one of the few 'setup' steps that remain before launching
into IJ.
Is there a better way?

> [WWD] Proposal to create and add Working With Derby, an activity-based tutorial document,
to the Derby documentation set
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: DERBY-913
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-913
>      Project: Derby
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: Documentation
>     Versions:
>     Reporter: Stan Bradbury
>     Assignee: Stan Bradbury
>  Attachments: WWDditaSrc0220.zip, WWDditaSrc0222.zip, WWDhtml0220.zip, WorkingWithDerbyV1.1.html,
WorkingWithDerbyV10.html, workingwithderby0222.pdf, workingwithderby0306.pdf, wwdDitaSrc0306_Ch1and2.zip
> I propose starting a new activity-based tutorial document for Derby.  The proposed name
is "Working With Derby" and I'd like to include it with the next release.  The document would
target new Derby users.  Information would be presented that supports a series of activities
designed to be performed after installation.  These activities will guide beginners through
the basics of using Derby.  Attached is a proposal that further describes the initial topics
as I see them.  I would very much like feedback on all aspects of this proposal from the Derby
communities.  Please post all feedback to the derby-user maillist, include Working With Derby
(WWD for short) in the subject line of all messages on this topic.

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