RE: An interview question

Subject: RE: An interview question
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: phil stokes <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:21:16 -0700

phil stokes wrote:

> Hmm, interesting point. In one of those moments of synchronicity, I just
> happened to read an Apple doc this afternoon that ironically stated, among
> other things, that:
> A principal goal of object-oriented programming is to make the code you
> write as reusable as possibleâ.Reusability is influenced by factors such as
> these:
> <snip>
> ***How clear the documentation is***
> <snip>
> I say "ironically" as Apple docs are about as frustrating as any docs I've
> ever read. With the exception of comprehensiveness, in any other terms,
> their work falls so far below professional standards of good technical
> writing it beggars belief.

In the context of programming, "documentation" refers to documentation of the code, e.g., code comments, unit tests, maybe other software development artifacts. Reusability of code has nothing to do with end user documents.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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