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Re: Our documentation sucks

by j3 (Friar)
on Apr 13, 2007 at 15:44 UTC ( #609960=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Our documentation sucks

jimt, In general, if you think a module could use better docs, fortunately or unfortunately, the usual road to take is to learn how to use said module using whatever tools are at your disposal (existing docs, mailing list, communications with the author/maintainer, PerlMonks, elbow grease (looking at the source)), and then go ahead and send the maintainer a patch containing proposed improvements to the docs.

If you really can't figure out how to use the module, and the author is unresponsive, tell the community about it on cpanratings.

Likewise, if the author was helpful, accepted your patch, and the module turned out to be a diamond in the rough (good code, bad docs), you might tell the community about it on cpanratings.

Incidentally, I just read this morning that version 0.0.3 of the Perl6::Perldoc suite is now on CPAN. I'm very excited to try this out. Thank you Damian!

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[Corion]: Meh. I get the feeling I should post a call-to-action for people to test their modules with the upcoming 5.26 (or 5.25.latest), as it seems that the smoke testers don't really weed out modules that fail without . in @INC
[Corion]: But without instructions on how to easily test things yourself, I don't think such a call to arms is helpful
[Corion]: (this post on / p5p makes it seem to me that smoke testers seem to have a blind spot there)
[Corion]: Hmmm. Maybe setting $ENV{PERL5LIB}=" some path without dot"; perl Makefile.PL; make test already is enough to locally test your module...
[Corion]: Meh, no, will need a BEGIN hook...
[Corion]: ... and PERL5OPT does not like -e in it :-(

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