[Lazarus] English lazarus book available.

Mattias Gaertner nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de
Wed Jun 1 00:37:19 CEST 2011

On Tue, 31 May 2011 21:32:31 +0200
Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1 at aol.com> wrote:

> Mattias Gaertner schrieb:
> > The writers don't earn much money. Writing a book is a lot of work and
> > you have to sell a lot of books, before it pays out.
> True, in detail for all technical writing :-(
> > OTOH having a book helps the project and therefore the coders.
> How does it help, and exactly whome?

It helps when telling people about the project. You can say: ... and
there is a book about it. This makes a difference. Sometimes a big one.

And in this particular case: Many writers of the Lazarus books are
in the FPC and/or Lazarus development teams. So there is no real
distinction between writers and coders here.

> Good documentation encourages the *use* of the project, but how should 
> this help the project coders?

There are less boring questions.

> It would increase the acceptance of a project a lot, when somebody wrote 
> a book *before* the coding starts, and then the project is made usable 
> in the outlined way. Writing books about all those nasty problems, that 
> arise from the installation, configuration and use of FPC/Lazarus, on 
> the various supported platforms, IMO doesn't make much sense, because 
> they will be outdated within weeks :-(

I doubt that.
For example each time the debian package maintainers apply more of the
debian policies, there are new problems/questions coming to us.
They simply ignore our outlined way.
The windows installer is not perfect too.


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