[Mono-docs-list] Fwd: [Mono-winforms-list] Exception when using monodocer on System.Windows.Forms.dll
Miguel de Icaza
miguel at ximian.com
Sun Dec 17 16:15:46 EST 2006
> The major advantage to this is that we don't need to finish stubbing out
> 2.0 types/members before we can start generating the documentation for
> those members. Even if we don't have any detailed documentation, it's
And this is the key "start generating documentation". It is just *not*
If we have not got much traction with people documenting 1.0, how are we
going to get more contributions to 2.0?
> > * Under development of incomplete libraries should not be
> > documented, and this includes the Mono.Data assembly (not
> > to be confused with Mono.Data.SqliteClient,Sybase).
Because it is a waste of time.
Until a library is used by a number of consumers the API is not
guaranteed to be stable, or well designed. Documenting APIs that are in
flux is mostly a waste of time.
Considering that we have *stable* APIs that are undocumented,
documenting unstable ones makes no sense.
> > And finally, my last concern is that stubs are not documentation,
> > stubbing things out is the easy part. Actually writing the
> > documentation is the hard part, and we have historically not been able
> > to attract people to do this work.
> Stubs may be the easy part, but don't underestimate their usefulness.
> Wondering if a member is supported? It's a lot easier to say "is it in
> monodoc" than to say "check the source." (Granted, this won't work for
> NotImplementedExceptions, but those are supposed to be a rarity, with
> the stated policy that unimplemented members shouldn't be implemented at
> all, precisely so that mcs can warn about unimplemented functionality.)
My major objection to the 2.0 support is that someone needs to make sure
that this actually works.
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