[Mono-docs-list] Intended Audiance of Developer ResourceCategory?

markaoki markaoki at navisan.com
Wed May 16 23:48:26 EDT 2007

This is interesting.
I hope to hear more on this discussion.

If I am lucky I will be able to contribute to mono in a few weeks
when my other Linux writing project is complete.
I would love to write about mono:)

have a good day,
-yoshiro (mark) aoki

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Adrien Dessemond" <adrien.dessemond at softhome.net>
To: <mono-docs-list at lists.ximian.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Mono-docs-list] Intended Audiance of Developer 

> Hello!
> >I've got a short and simple question. For whom is the Developer Resource
> >Category for? People who want to develop apps by using Mono, or 
> >Mono-Hackers
> >themselves?
> >If it is a mixup of both I would suggest to separate this into three
> >categories.
> >1. Developer Resource
> >2. Mono Hacker Resources: For people hacking mono directly.
> >3. Windows Porting
> This is good idea ! The pit to not fall into is to have a too
> complicated structure at the end (the MSDN library suffers of that).
> Beyond your suggestion, could I express a more personal point of
> view  ? I apologize if was previously discussed and/or conflict with
> some project orientations. I am curious to get some feedback about it
> and by the way, may it will bring some ideas too.
> <personal point of view>
> I am following (from a far away point of view) the Mono project for
> more than 2 years and started to seriously use Mono for a personal
> project a couple a weeks ago. Because writing and dealing with
> documentation is my everyday job, I was led to the following reflection :
> My personal and professional experiences told me that even you have
> the most advanced/robust/complete/flexible product, it will rejected
> by some of your users if it does not have robust (clear/concise/....)
> and well-organized (logically organized / easily-browsable) documentation.
> To try to figure out my idea : imagine you are just curious to see
> what Mono is. You launch your favorite browser, you type
> www.mono-project.com in the URL bar et voila : the site has a very
> nice look-and feel, downloads/blogs links are easy to reach, general
> project information is easy to find and clear enough.
> Now come to site as a developper : you know what Mono is, you have
> dowloaded and installed it. You have precise goals in mind about your
> documentation search and no time to loose in guessing where the stuff
> could be. If you wish to get the right thing right now... not very easy 
> :-(.
> From my point of view, the developer related documentation will need
> a different approach sooner or later as Mono popularity, maturity and
> user base are growing. You cannot afford to keep it scattered on many
> pages with no clear linking and no easily browsable central point.
> That will be a nightmare to maintain, a pain to consult and a huge
> source of frustation.
> This new approach /could be/ a Wikipedia-like site but wholly
> dedicated to Mono. Several reasons :
> 1 - We are very familiar with Wikipedia so using (say) Monopedia will
> not require extra learning effort
> 2 - A wiki usage is natural especially for a developper and offers a
> high level a flexibility and diversity
> 3 - Monopedia could follow the same philosophy as Wikipedia :
> everyone can contribute freely in "real-time".
> (3' - Writing and cross-referencing between articles is really simple)
> 4 - The wiki documentation grows by itself in the background and
> allow the Mono documentation team concentrate on other tasks.
> Do you think this kind of perspective could be compatible with the
> Mono documentation project (short/long term) ? I welcome any
> opinion/criticism :-)
> </personal point of view>
> Valentin, I would be very glad to help you and any Mono documentation
> project efforts in manner or another.
> Kind regards,
> Adrien Dessemond
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