[Lazarus] [fpc-pascal] Is there an online tool for browsing library documentation and source code for FPC and Lazarus?
1cjcarpenter at att.net
Sat Nov 12 18:51:38 CET 2011
On 11/12/2011 10:01 AM, Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
> Right, organizing all material is a very big job :-(
> I'm not happy at all with the wiki, I cannot find anything there,
> unless somebody gives me a direct link. Do you have an idea how this
> could be improved?
I think you need someone with expertise and experience in documentation
to look at the problem -- and that's certainly not me. I might be able
to handle a writing assignment if someone gave it to me as part of a
larger docs project though,
in the context of a good outline and if it involved a specific topic
that I could study from here.
I find the wiki useful and friendly, and have pretty good confidence
that if I have a question, I'll find the answer there somewhere. It's
just hard to know where. (I've taken to keeping careful notes about
where to find stuff -- in the wikis, on the forum pages etc.) So far,
I've not committed to buying a copy of the _Lazarus, a Complete Guide_
(although I'm sure I'd find it useful).
The forums are a very valuable resource too. The knowledge and
expertise is there (and here) -- it's just not organized for easy study
Because the job of organizing the material is so big, I wonder if it
would work to start a subscription program that would let the community
pay somebody to manage and organize the effort of a volunteer team?
I'd contribute a little money (retired, so not much of that sadly) --
but could contribute quite a bit of time to such an effort.
As for content: I'd guess that most Lazarus users are pretty
comfortable with going into the source to look for answers to a
question. The problem is knowing which particular PART of the source to
go to -- and where that part is on my hard drive.
That knowledge will come from experience -- but it would sure be easier
under the guidance of an expert and a written guide. (I still haven't
figured out how to know when to go to the Free Pascal docs vs. the
Lazarus docs -- but that might just be my problem :).
Maybe you could take the lead on something like this?
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