[Lazarus] [fpc-pascal] Is there an online tool for browsing library documentation and source code for FPC and Lazarus?

Curt Carpenter 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?
> DoDi
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 
and use.

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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