Have you ever wanted to share your opinion about the official Microsoft documentation? Well, now you can!
The Visual Studio team have pushed a lot of their documentation – including some great docs related to Windows Mobile devices – out onto the web in a new format that allows you to leave comments. Think of a cross between existing online documentation, and Wikipedia. Sound interesting?
I’m watching this very closely, as I think it’s very promising way of providing developers with up-to-date information. If it works, you can bet we’ll look at doing the same for Windows Mobile SDK documentation.
Just as aside, here’s a question for you: what’s worse? No information, or wrong information? Heck, I don’t care – both are terrible!
Anything that helps us get the information that you need is a good thing. Online publishing is great, but the process of pushing thousands and thousands of topics onto the web is not trivial and takes a great deal of time and effort on our part. The entire team has to prepare for a doc release, the docs have to be compiled from their Word/XML format, have links created and checked, tokens replaced, checked for geopolitical issues, pushed to the staging server, checked again, and finally released. It takes a few days of work to do all this. If we could provide a quick way of adding a note that says “Oh, this parameter is wrong, see this Whitepaper for more information and a sample”, that would rock.
Anyway, check out the MSDN Wiki experiement, and as always, please leave your comments on Windows Mobile documentation.