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From Jon Stevens <...@latchkey.com>
Subject Re: [VOTES] Tomcat 4.0-Beta-1 and New CVS Repositories
Date Fri, 05 Jan 2001 19:37:04 GMT
on 1/5/2001 6:51 AM, "Paulo Gaspar" <paulo.gaspar@krankikom.de> wrote:

> Tomcat has the same problem as Struts and most Open Source
> projects (it is not just an Apache thing):
> * NOT ENOUGH DOCUMENTATION *

Sigh, this is a lame request now. We could write documentation until we are
blue in the face and that still wouldn't solve the problem (which is that as
I see it is that people are not willing to put effort into learning on their
own).

We are not creating hugely complex molecular structures here. We are
creating software based on well defined specifications. It isn't that hard
to learn.

VMS (the OS) had about 30 feet! of shelf space of printed documentation ( I
wonder how many acres of rainforest had to be destroyed because of that
operating system). That still didn't make it a better product. It still
didn't make it so that people could suddenly pick up a book and know the
product.

> I am sorry but I can not volunteer (at the moment) to help
> solving the documentation problem. With the time limitations
> I have, I must find a match with my employer interests in
> order to contribute with some work. (If we start having more
> developers using Tomcat, maybe then it makes some sense.)

Now, this is always the catch, isn't it? You have plenty of time to write a
paragraph complaining about no documentation, but you don't have time to
write some documentation. Hmmmmmmmm....

No need to respond unless it is documented.

-jon


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