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From Alan Gates <>
Subject Re: DISCUSS: Hive language manual to be source control managed
Date Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:37:15 GMT
I'm definitely +1 on moving the language doc to source control.  Being able to have versions
of the language manual that match versions of Hive would be very valuable.


On Sep 1, 2013, at 2:39 PM, Edward Capriolo wrote:

> Over the past few weeks I have taken several looks over documents in our wiki.
> The page that strikes me as alarmingly poor is the:
> This page has several critical broken links such as
> The language manual used to be in decent shape. At times it had omissions or was not
clear about what version something appeared it, but it was very usable. 
> A long time ago I had began and completed moving the wiki documentation inside the project
as xdoc. After completion, several had a problem with the xdocs approach. The main complaint
was the xdoc approach was too cumbersome. (However we have basically had a 'turn over' and
since that time I am one of the few active committers)
> The language manual is in very poor shape at the moment with broken links, incorrect
content, incomplete content, and poor coverage of the actual languages. IMHO the attempts
to crowd-source this documentation has failed. Having a good concise language manual is critical
to the success and adoption of hive.
> I do not believe all of our documentation needs to be in xdoc (as in every udf, or every
input format) but I believe the language manual surely does.
> Please review the current wiki and discuss the concept of moving the language manual
to source control, or suggest other options.
> Thank you,
> Edward

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