Re: Recommendations for programmer's guides

Subject: Re: Recommendations for programmer's guides
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: "Marsh, Ed" <Ed -dot- Marsh -at- gs -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:45:31 -0700

Hi Ed,

I thought the OP was looking for more a programmer's guide, not an API doc.
There is a major difference between the two, even though the audience is

API/SDK doc (your specialty) is aimed at developers who have familiarity
with the ecosystem to understand the guts in more depth. It's a reference.

A PG is more for the developer who is getting started, may be branching
from a similar system, or deciding between tools. It's a how-to manual.

A PG would provide best practices for the problem the system solves (and
how the system is meant to be used) and not just a collection of features.

The SDK can add programming guide-like content, but the intent is more for
use as a cookbook than an explanation of the system.


On Monday, August 31, 2015, Marsh, Ed <Ed -dot- Marsh -at- gs -dot- com> wrote:

> I don't disagree that Drupal's docs are all over the place (as well as its
> whole ecosystem, but that's another debate), but the API doc section at
> least shows some consistent structure, and I think that's what the OP was
> looking for.
> Ed.
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