RE: Looking for "best of breed" developer/API docs

Subject: RE: Looking for "best of breed" developer/API docs
From: david -dot- locke -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 13:32:17 -0500

There was a paper in the conference proceedings from the conference at
Anaheim a few years ago that described the process of videoing developers
discussing their chunk of code, the current implementation, prior
implementations, the tradeoffs, and the constraints that were built into
those implementations. This discussion prevents developers from redeveloping
previously attempted solutions. And, points out solutions that might work
better if one or more of the constraints have been removed. You would do
this for code level documentation. This would work much better than just
describing what the current chunk of code is doing.

In regards to API documentation, I find it interesting that APIs carry task
enablement, and hence task analysis, along with requirements and
constraints. None of this is described in API doc, but affects development
with the API/DLLs involved. There is room for a lot more discussion than
framework document generators can deliver.

Further, there is a move to put UML design data into repositories and to
stream it to 3rd party developers for their use. As this practice is
accepted API docs will include UML design data as well.

David W. Locke


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