Re: Notes from the Real World

From: jmjonesat_private
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 15:34:17 PDT

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    On Tue, 1 May 2001, Seth Arnold wrote:
    > * jmjonesat_private <jmjonesat_private> [010501 08:57]:
    > > Before I devise a benchmark program to do so, does anyone have
    > > any thoughts about exactly *what* you would like to see tested?
    > The first two that come to mind: lmbench and kernel compiles. (lmbench
    > can be downloaded from
    Done and done.  Anything else?
    > > Also, if anybody is interested in helping with the documentation 
    > I think I can also be useful here; however, I intend to hold off
    > starting until the code base reaches a more mature state. I think when a
    > few of the folks say they will begin porting their code to the new
    > structure is about the time to start documentation. Before that we run
    > the risk of documenting an old revision. :)
    True, but running documentation tandem to development has the following
    * The thought and consideration that goes into documentation sometimes
      reveals ambiguities in the code.
    * While explaining the implementation, the combination of thoughts that
      result in understandable HUMAN LANGUAGE text sometimes reveals potential
      that is not realized in the code, which coders can slap their forehead
      about and exclaim "i never saw that!"
    * Having a working structure for documentation helps everyone visualize 
      where the implementation stands, and where it can or will go.
    I don't think "old revision" documentation is necessarily busy work, it 
    assists the coders in "cognifying" their efforts.  I *do* see that it's a 
    bit early, in this particular project... but "the day is coming soon" and 
    I'd like to help us to be ready.
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