If code is poetry, then documentation is prose

If code is poetry, then documentation is prose

Yes, code might be poetry, showing the elegance of the verses, rhythm, expressiveness; but without good documentation that explains what it does, you will likely end up with unsatisfied users or no users at all.

If anyone had told me I would have spent more time writing documentation than coding, I would not have believed it, but that was before I discovered a simple but powerful law: “more documentation, more users, more contributors”.

During the talk we will see which are the foundations of good documentation and how documentation can let your open source project take off.


Massimiliano Pippi

May 24, 2014