Great Documentation Is Key to Open Source Success

“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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