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From Bruce Barkstrom <brbarkst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: A Question About OODT Documentation
Date Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:57:18 GMT
I suspect that there's a need for several different kinds of documentation.

The approach that starts with components seems to me to be too fragmented
to give a novice user any idea how something as complex as OODT works
and how to move up the learning curve.  This was always a problem with the
Grid software in the olden days of GGF.

I suspect there's a need for an "Introduction to how to use OODT" kind
of manual
- but that's likely to take an author who has detailed knowledge of OODT and
the skill to weave a useful narrative of introduction to how to use
it.  Or, since people don't seem to like to read manuals, maybe some
kind of Web experience like an introduction
that resembles an interactive game.

It may also be that OODT will need some kind of
"advertising literature" that would give potential customers for the product
an introduction or feature list that would show how OODT stacks up against
alternative products.  This kind of document might also list what resources
a potential cusomer might need and how long it would take to get an OODT
installation up and running.

I'd hoped to do an introduction to OODT along the introductory manual
line.  However, my time has been taken up by another project.

Bruce B.

On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM, Phillip Rhodes
<motley.crue.fan@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey guys, quick question... I'm interested in getting more familiar with
> OODT, so I started poking around the website looking for docs.  Then I
> started
> Googling for stuff, and at one time had found the old JPL page which had
> links to a lot of stuff on it.  This is even mentioned in the OODT Incubator
> Proposal
> "There is a wealth of documentation available on OODT. The best starting
> point is the existing OODT JPL website (which will be ported to be sync'ed
> or just a pointer to the Apache website)http://oodt.jpl.nasa.gov"
> But as far as I can tell, since the oodt.jpl.nasa.gov page was re-pointed to
> oodt.apache.org, no corresponding documentation page was ever created that
> links to that stuff.  I was able to go through the Wayback Machine and find
> the docs from the old site, but for the benefit of new-comers, it might be
> good to
> recreate that here?   Or if it has already been recreated, maybe the link
> should be more prominent? (I didn't find one, but maybe I just missed it).
> Thanks,
> Phil

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