[ka-Map-users] Documentation? Wiki? New versions?

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Sat Dec 17 13:40:57 EST 2005

Hi Paul,

One of our Where2GetIt engineers, Matt, has been looking at ka-map and 
was grumbling about documentation also. He suggested using javadoc 
because that would allow the comments to be embedded in the code where 
they are more likely to get updated as the code changes. Also this is 
what some other javascript libraries are using. It has the benefit of 
the the fact there are some standard tools for extracting and formating 
the javadoc.

I think agreeing on a standard, what ever it may be, for how you want it 
to be documented would help the community to then start contributing as 
the code goes through its normal changes and churning.

Just a thought ...

-Steve W.

Paul Spencer wrote:
> Reuven,
> you are absolutely correct and your comments welcome.  I'm not sure  
> that documentation would only take a couple of hours, though ;)  And  
> since I don't get paid to do it, its not that high on my list.   
> However, that being said, I have been thinking about this for quite a  
> while.  I'm going to try to get a wiki set up for ka-Map as that  would 
> be the main source of obtaining documentation and posting FAQ  and their 
> answers.
> Thanks for prodding me on this.  I promise to try to do something  about 
> it :)
> One thing that would really help me in putting this together is to  have 
> others share their experiences on developing applications, where  they 
> had problems and what types of things they would like to do.   That 
> would help me focus on providing the most useful documentation  first.
> Cheers
> Paul
> On 17-Dec-05, at 5:28 AM, Reuven Levitt wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> I am not one of the Ka-Maps developers, but am active on several  
>> other open source projects. I have used Ka-Maps, and feel that it  is 
>> an amazing project, and a lot of hard work has clearly been put  into it.
>> I would like to make a small suggestion that may push the Ka-Map  
>> project forward tremendously.  One of the biggest shortcomings of  
>> many open source projects, and therefore the limitation on people  
>> adopting and using the product is documentation.  Unfortunately Ka- 
>> Maps is no exception.  There is very very little documentation, no  
>> Wiki available to add documentation too and no FAQ.  In reality   
>> writing a simple documentation that outlines the functions  available 
>> would take a lead developer only a couple of hours of  work, and would 
>> then provide a good seed for growth to allow other  developers to help 
>> push the project forward.
>> Hope this comment is taken in the light it is ! intended, as  
>> constructive criticism.
>> Thanks for all the hard work,
>> Great job on a fantastic product,
>> Reuven.
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