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Re: newbie rant

From: Markku Savela <msa@msa.tte.vtt.fi>
Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 17:14:20 +0300 (EET DST)
Message-Id: <199605231414.RAA27630@msa.tte.vtt.fi>
To: www-lib@w3.org

>I understand that some people on the list do not share my views and
>that my opinions may be a little biased, but I am an ardent C++ fan
>and I believe that a good OO design can solve most of the problems.

I am one of the persons who think the C++ is hype.. and you can write
good object oriented code in plain C. I like the fact that wwwlib is
written in C.

I have been looking and using the wwwlib since beginning this year,
and I do have to agree on the general sentiments here: the
documentation is good only for getting the general overview.

When you want actually to use the library in your application,
documentation fails. A reference manual type thing seems to be missing
(an example of such could be O'reilly & Associates "X Toolkit
Intrinsics Reference Manual"):

	- list all functions in the library in alphabetical order,

	- for each function, explain what parameters it takes and what
	  they do,

	- list related functions

With wwwlib, you have to look at the example applications and library
source, and make guesses.

--
Markku Savela (msa@hemuli.tte.vtt.fi),     Technical Research Centre of Finland
Multimedia Systems, P.O.Box 1203,FIN-02044 VTT,http://www.vtt.fi/tte/staff/msa/
Received on Thursday, 23 May 1996 10:18:00 GMT

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