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by emilford (Friar)
on Dec 19, 2002 at 17:50 UTC ( #221190=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Nodereaper: Please reap the identical anonymous monk post. I love and the Perl community that makes it happen. It's a great resource for newbies and professionals alike. There hasn't been a single question that I haven't either found in a previous post or had answered by another monk. The tutorials, snippets of code, and most of the other sections, have proven extremely useful at one point or another. I'm interested in starting something similar for the C/C++ community. I develop in Perl as often as I can, but my job focuses on C/C++ and Java. When I run into a problem when coding in Perl and I can't find a solution in a book or on the internet, I turn to the wise monks. Are any C/C++ developers out there interested in having the same thing for the C/C++ community? If anyone is interested, please let me know. Thanks, Eric

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Re: C++ Communities of Practice
by cacharbe (Curate) on Dec 19, 2002 at 19:30 UTC

    I think that the Community of Practice for C/C++ is so diverse that it is difficult for a broad site dedicated to just the broad topic of C/C++ to succeed. You would need to find more granularity in the environment to make it worth peoples perceived effort to be a member.

    (If you can't tell, I'm currently studying knowledge managment as it applies to large, diverse communities - either across a corporation's tier structure or other perceived borders/boundaries)

    It would probably behoove whoever wanted to create such a community site to first do some serious research into some of the varied disciplines that C/C++ programmers find themselves in and try and determine which of them would be best for your environment.

    There are a large number of areas that these code monkeys might find themselves in:

    • Embedded
    • *NIX Systems, GUI, etc.
    • Win32 Platform
    • Win32 API / MFC
    • Win32 Graphics (OpenGL, Direct 3d, et al.)
    • etc, etc, etc...
    and a myriad of different discussion topics for each that could probably each fill a site unto themselves.

    With this in mind, I think that it would be difficult to create a generic enough site for ALL C/C++ programmers to come and feel like a part of the community. You would probably have to start with a generic site, and then create sections as these areas of use gathered strength and their own community of practice within the site itself.

    As an aside, the Perl Monks community is an incredible example of a strong and mature Community of Practice, and would/will make an excellent use-case for creating communities within my (any) corporation...I just wanted to say thanks. And for those that might be interested, an excellent text on the subject (that all others seem to reference) can be found here


    Flex the Geek

Re: a for the C++ community
by skx (Parson) on Dec 20, 2002 at 11:28 UTC

     There are some sites out there like this, where poeple can comment and post code and questions for C++ on specific systems.

     I guess the biggest part of doing something like this is that there are so many platforms, and a lot of the issues would be related to platform APIs, eg "How do I create a C++ windows/Mac/Linux GUI application?"

     Some of the sites that spring to mind are:

     Still if there were any interest I'd be happy to donate a little time to help..

Re: a for the C++ community
by BUU (Prior) on Dec 19, 2002 at 18:20 UTC
Re: a for the C++ community
by Ionizor (Pilgrim) on Dec 19, 2002 at 18:14 UTC

    I'm not sure how well this would work given that Perl has had a solid community pretty much from the start, from what I've read. I wasn't there (actually I don't think I was born) so I can't vouch for that myself. I don't know that CMonks could create the same sense of community that PerlMonks has. But don't let me discourage you; I would be happy if you proved me wrong.

      I don't doubt the strength of the Perl community, but I'm sure that there are plenty of C++ developers who could certainly benefit from such a site. If I can get enough support, I'd certainly be willing to put in my time and efforts towards getting the site up and running.

      It's up to the C/C++ community after that to make it as valuable as
Re: a for the C++ community
by Poetic Justice (Monk) on Jan 05, 2003 at 06:34 UTC
    Interesting thought. It's not just the folks of PerlMonks that makes the community happen. It's also the culture of Perl. Larry's State of the Onion speeches kind of bring this out.
    The culture has made the community what it is. Personally I don't know if the C++ or Java community has the culture to accomplish what has been done with Perlmonks. Nice thought though.

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