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From Frans Thamura <fth4m...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: [PRE-PROPOSAL] jakarta-tomcat-doc sub-project : WAS: [Tomcat Docu mentation Redactors To Hire]
Date Sat, 30 Jun 2001 04:38:29 GMT
Great I like that mailing list..

Idea,

I don't care if there is DOCBOOK or HTML, or I
prefered a database driven, and that database will be
a DOCBOOK.. so we need DB -> DOCBOOK. Think like a
content management software, yah, we can make like
phpNUKE. 

you have to put :
0. Installation Guide
1. getting started document.
Basic step-by-step instruction, so a new user can use
tomcat.
2. User Guide.
3. How it work, a conceptual to implementation
like why .war will be unzipped automatically???

4. Last Proposal
5. Working Document
6. Final Document
7. FAQ (I prefere a forum in apache.org, why don't you
try phorum.org)


So a new user can use read that, may be one of them
can be a redactor or commiter in the overdrive
velocity..



Frans Thamura

--- GOMEZ Henri <hgomez@slib.fr> wrote:
> >Hi Henri!
> >
> >One suggestion: create a mailing list (e.g.
> tomcat-doc) so that folks
> >may speak about docs. Also, it would show some
> level of 
> >commitment -- at
> >least you have to subscribe.
> 
> Good idea,
> 
> We could have a tomcat-doc mailing-list, but we'll
> still 
> need to commit the material. 
> 
> And currently when you update documentation, you
> could have 
> 2 or 3 branchs to updates (TC 3.2, 3.3, 4.0). 
> 
> But there is many common areas (realms, connectors)
> and
> we should avoid such duplication effort... 
> 
> What about starting a jakarta-tomcat-doc
> sub-project, where
> some redactors could have commit access, maybe even
> without 
> commit access to developpers projects like tomcat,
> j-t-c, jasper...
> 
> A quick proposal of tree could be :
> 
> jakarta-tomcat-doc  +              +- jserv 
>                     |              |  
>                     +- connectors -+- jk
>                     |              |
>                     |              +- webapp
>                     |
>                     +- jasper (3.2/3.3)
>                     |
>                     +- realms (JDBC/JNDI/LDAP)
>                     |
>                     +- tomcat 3.x
>                     |
>                     +- tomcat 4.x
>                     
> 
> For example, when I wrote documentation, my main
> problem is HTML, 
> not writing  documentation. 
> XML/XSL should help us here and we could use tools
> Jon deployed for 
> jakarta site or may a better base could be DOCBOOK. 
> 
> I take a look at the current tomcat-book site at
> sourceforge, 
> and found there excellent materials to be use, and
> they use DOCBOOK
> 
> I'm sure we could find motivated users for that job,
> some will not
> be developpers but excellent redactors. They may be
> afraid having
> a commit access to a developpement tree but if
> restricted to 
> documentation sub-project...
> 
> And it will help, us, developpers since as you all
> know Redactor 
> (or managers :) want clear explanations. We must do
> an effort there
> to explain clearly, concept, design, implementations
> and configuration,
> and that help back the developpers detecting
> mistakes.
> 
> We all know that the weakest point in Tomcat is its
> documentation, 
> if we succeed in that area, we'll gain :
> 
> - Reducing the number of beginers question on
> tomcat-user list.
> - Converting some beginers to later power-users and
> may be contributors
> - ....
> 
> I've got an example of a great documentation which
> converted
> many users, mod_ssl. As many of you, when I needed
> SSL support for
> Apache, I asked Apache gurus as which recommanded
> Apache/SSL written
> by Ben Laurie, a known specialist in Apache HTTP.
> I try it, find it fast, reliable but poorly
> documented (sorry Ben).
> 
> I then discovered mod_ssl, written by a another code
> wizard, 
> Ralf Engelschall. I tried mod_ssl and found it as
> stable and 
> fast than Apache/SSL. Then I take a serious look at
> the documentation 
> found at its home, http://www.modssl.org and also
> included in distrib. 
> And that make me switch definitly to mod_ssl.
> 
> There is many others great servlet-engine around,
> and not all 
> are commercials products. 
> 
> Apache HTTPD server reputation and Apache JServ
> quality have helped
> Tomcat to be in general the first servlet-engine
> tried by beginers.
> 
> If we want to keep them, we must have a stable and
> fast Tomcat,
> but first we must make Tomcat easy to understand,
> configure and
> use. 
> 
> 
> * Having an easy to run tomcat, was one of the
> reason I started 
>   to package tomcat RPMs. And I have very little
> questions 
>   from beginers on how to use tomcat on their Linux
> Box...
> 
> * One of the most common problem for new users, is
> the 
>   connection with their web-server, and that's why I
> asked many
>   times to have a connector sub-project.
>   That project, jakarta-tomcat-connector, has
> started recently.
>   In J-T-C, JF Clere show how easy could be a build
> process of 
>   even the <dreaded> mod_jk.
>   On the configure side, I started Ajp14 to help
> users have 
>   an easy way configuring their web-server, with
> informations 
>   caming from servlet-engine (which URIs & MIMES
> handled) ....
> 
> We need a the same level of quality in documentation
> that in
> code itself....
> 
> My 0.1 EUR
> 
> 


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