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Great Documentation Is Key to Open Source Success

Nov 16, 2009, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Gilbertson)

"That’s the message from Jacob Kaplan-Moss, one of the creators of Django, a very successful open source, Python-based web framework. At least some Django’s success can be attributed to its thorough documentation which is not just reference materials, but also includes tutorials, topical guides and even snippets of design philosophy.

"Of course Django is not alone in having great documentation; Ruby on Rails is another highly successful open source project featuring great docs, tutorials and reference materials. Beginning to see a pattern? Great docs == happy, enthusiastic users == open source success."

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