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If there is a possibility, find the person, knowing Russian better, it
will translate you correctly the text.
Address to developers of Ruby and Ruby on Rails:
(If someone has a possibility to communicate directly with developers of
these systems (Ruby and Ruby on Rails), please, hand over them this
It would be desirable to express the subjective judgement on a problem
of popularity of Ruby and the Ruby on Rails in particular. It is very
beautiful and laconic language, very powerful language. I studied it
according to the book, it was necessary to read 2 times up to the end to
understand all details. And I not for nothing spent the time. It is very
powerful tool for development. The same it is possible to tell and about
the Ruby on Rails. Agree that it not the simplest systems that here so
from the first everything to understand. I am the professional
programmer with more than 20-year experience, studied many systems and
programming languages - Pascal, C, C ++, Java, Prolog, Delphi, PHP,
developed different systems. Don't think that I am a school student any.
Knowing all this languages, I after all delighted with Ruby!
And here, by the way, about PHP. I learned it an experimental way, with
site use www.php.net. Here in than all charm of this site - there is ALL
and directly! There is as the language syntax description, and the
description of all functions in case of what if it is function, that is
links to the similar functions accompanying. Everything is easy and
simple - the person gradually learns more and more, plunges into this
environment more and more development. Any puzzles and guesses. For me
the study of PHP was simple and fast.
And so I have a question. Why, possessing so powerful possibilities,
Ruby and Ruby on Rails still possess such feeble documentation? After
all this most important in popularity of ANY system - existence of GOOD
documentation when to the person always is where to address for the
reference information instead of to build own guesses, not to rummage in
source codes. To rummage in source codes is programming for the sake of
programming, and after all people simply want to use the tool.
To receive quickly necessary information on system is already a success
half, in my judgement. Not enough description of functions, is necessary
still that the person could see similar functions that could follow as
on a chain. You look on documentation on the same www.php.net also look
at Ruby and Ruby on Rails documentation. In yours documentation
(http://www.ruby-doc.org/core-1.9.3/), for example, I couldn't find the
description of method_missing, but in other source (http://apidock.com/)
it is. Unless it is impossible to create a normal site with
documentation where there would be all and directly? Why the person
shall guess, rummage about something in source codes? About Ruby on
Rails documentation (http://api.rubyonrails.org/) I generally am silent
- there is no description many methods if there is a description, not
clearly what it can accept parameters and that they mean, there is no
classes, their correlations.
You developed such fine system, a magnificent programming language,
excellent framework, so why you can't develop normal, distinct
documentation? In it popularity of PHP and weakness of Ruby, only in it.
There would be same good documentation, then long ago Ruby would walk
ahead Planet (Earth) at all - ("To be number one"). It seems to me long
ago already it is time to supply team of developers team of developers
of DOCUMENTATION. After all the maturity of any product is characterized
just by convenient and extensive documentation, including.
I think that many are stopped just by this moment in study when people
face that simply can't move easily further in study and use of these
systems - Ruby and the Ruby on Rails.
And once again thanks for so excellent tools!
Yours faithfully, Sergey