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Re: What's an annex? stratum?
Paul Koning wrote:
"Robert" == Robert Dewar <email@example.com> writes:
Robert> On Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 03:19:32PM -0400, Paul Koning wrote:
>> That's really unfortunate. Comments in code are useful but they
>> are no substitute for properly written internals documentation.
Robert> I disagree, properly arranged comments in the code can most
Robert> certainly serve as internals documentation, and have a FAR
Robert> better chance of being kept up to date. I am opposed to
Robert> having separate internals documentation, I think it is much
Robert> better to have this in the source files.
Usual practice is for source comments to be local explanation, not
Documentation provides context which is not often available in
source comments. The source comments are valuable, but you have
to know where to start or the context in which the comments are
appropriate. (For example, my questions about annex and stratum
are not answered in the source.)
Internals documentation provides a guide through the program in
some kind of logical order. It's difficult to provide that order
at the file or function scope.
But in any case, if internals documentation existed in the sources,
I'd be a happy camper.
Michael Eager firstname.lastname@example.org
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