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Open-Source Strategy: Documentation = Dollars

Sep 13, 2007, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"But it also means that documentation is a huge opportunity for open-source companies to drive sales. Documentation is often treated as the shabby cousin of software development, but it is really the essential link between development and dollars. It's hard to motivate good documentation.

"Software development without documentation is self-centric. Documentation is a signal that the developer actually cares about her downstream users. For projects that actually want downstream users, write good documentation. It won't cannibalize buyers: it will create them..."

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