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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When documentation makes software useful

I had seen this before but didn´t view the hole picture until recently. Documentation
changes the way you use a program and how much you get out of it. It really does.

I´ve been using Mercurial source control for a while now, but mostly because I was told it was cool. I have never unleased the true power nor try to make complicated things with it. I just kept it there more as a backup system than anything else.

However, a couple of days ago, I stumbled across Mercurial: The Definitive Guide and started reading it (I was bored). I found that It´s worth reading it even if it´s just for fun. I realised
that so many things can be carried out with the tool in a pretty cool fashion. I just didn´t know about it.

This free online ebook has definitely changed my view of Mercurial and it´s made it much more useful for me. I believe that in the programing world, knowing that something can be easily done with a program or environment, it´s a very powerful thing to attract newcomers.

Finally, I want to name couple of free ebooks to have then referenced for me and for anyone willing to access them. The first one is a book that I thought it was wonderful but didn´t have a post to reference it at the time. It´s called Practical Common Lisp and is about LISP programming language. This one is about Python and this one is an Erlang manual.

Enjoy your reading!

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