Difference between developer guide content and reference information

Subject: Difference between developer guide content and reference information
From: rachna_bhutani -at- yahoo -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 21:27:02 -0600

Hi All,

I have to create a developer guide and a product reference (guide?) for
the same product. These documents will enable developers to create
applications based on the product. However, I am unclear about the type of
content that should be included in each guide. I would appreciate inputs
on how to decide what should go into a developer guide, and what should go
into a product reference document.

According to me, a developer guide should have an architectural overview,
information about key system components, steps in developing an
application, configuration and security information. However, I have
looked at various books, and the reference books also seem to have the
same topics. Both also have code examples. The only difference I noticed
was that the reference books contained a great deal of code examples to
explain the usage and functionality of the functions/methods, classes,
fields etc, whereas the developer guides didn't have as many code

Suggestions on what kind of information to include in each document would
be most helpful.

Thanks in advance,



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