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From "miles zarathustra (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1201) provide basic documentation in an obvious place
Date Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:42:44 GMT

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miles zarathustra commented on HTTPCLIENT-1201:
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On another point: I am fine with putting the example I submitted in the 'examples' section,
but I do not have permission to add files to the repository, and the patches (when I run svn
diff) do not show them.  

I do believe that at least one full example should be linked from the quick start page.  If
you disagree with how I am handling exceptions, please feel free to correct it.

I can create a preamble for the examples page, once the file is in the repository.  (I haven't
looked since your last update, as I have been busy with other stuff)

Thanks,
  -= miles =-
                
> provide basic documentation in an obvious place
> -----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1201
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1201
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Documentation
>    Affects Versions: 4.2 Final
>            Reporter: miles zarathustra
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 4.2.1
>
>         Attachments: GetPostExample.java, site-1.patch, site.patch
>
>
> The only documentation obviously linked from the main HttpClient page is the "tutorial."
 This "tutorial" talks about a lot of esoteric arcane junk I don't care about, but gives no
clue on how to send parameters via a basic post.  For that, I have to go here: 
> http://wiki.apache.org/HttpComponents/QuickStart
> It's very difficult to find, and it's a lot easier to google examples that don't work.
 I wound up trying 4 different purported solutions before I found this one that works. If
you look around the web you'll notice that people generally find the httpclient documentation
frustrating.  I have colleagues who argue that it would be easier to just write the post logic
from scratch than figure out how the silly apache stuff works, and it's difficult for me to
contradict them.
> It would be SO easy to improve the situation by making links to already available examples
of the basic operations in an obvious place.
> The FAQ that explains some things about WHY the posts work in the totally non-intuitive
way that they do would be nice also.
> Thanks.

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