Re: Queries on Single Sourcing

Subject: Re: Queries on Single Sourcing
From: lyndsey -dot- amott -at- docsymmetry -dot- com
To: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 14:12:10 -0500

Bill Swallow writes:

IMO, a waste of effort is re-writing similar info or copy-pasting it all
over the place. It's busy work the first time, and a maintenance nightmare
the remainder of the time.
You are right, it is a waste of effort copy-pasting information all over the place, but it rarely happens. Except for glossary definitions, templates, boilerplate text, and perhaps copyright information, I have never had to reuse information between projects. Once the documentation for a project is done, it gets moved to maintenance mode for a newbie writer to look after with minor updates.
This is exactly the same for code. Certainly, within the same project, you reuse functions and routines all the time, just as you reuse information all the time within a doc project. But you do not reuse code between projects except for those parts that determine the corporate look and feel, rather like a documentation template. There are not enough similarities among different projects to make re-use worthwhile.
Lyndsey Amott
Winnipeg, MB R3G 2J3


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