Software documentation is written text that accompanies computer software. It either explains how it operates or how to use it, and may mean different things to people in different roles.

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What should you include in a development approach document?

I'm in the middle of co-producing a "development approach" document for off-shore resources as they ramp up onto our project. The most recent (similar) document our company has used is over 80 pages, ...
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Good references for End User documentation examples and advise [closed]

Our in house software has been used for many users and the training department asked us for any tips of end user documentation format. Does any know where can I find good examples of software end ...
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Is it necessary to write a javadoc comment for EVERY parameter in a method's signature?

One of the devs on my team believes that it is necessary to write a javadoc comment for EVERY parameter in a method's signature. I do not think this is necessary, and in fact I think it can even be ...
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As a programmer, what would you use a personal Wiki for? [closed]

Do any programmers out there keep a personal wiki? Either locally or online. What do you use your wiki for? or what might you use one for? I was thinking of starting a personal wiki as a place to ...
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Can code be the documentation in open source developer tools? How frequently is it?

It's understandable that after a big development effort, some OSS authors deem reasonable that the project users should make an effort too in order to get started. Can the source code effectively be ...
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How to document a project which is already developed?

I would like to know what options are available for documenting a project which has already been developed, as the developers who worked on didn't write even a single page of documentation. The ...
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What is an “implementation plan”?

I was recently given the task of creating an implementation plan document. When I asked for an example of one that I could look at, I was told to look at the Project Plan that had already been created ...
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Is there a Django reference?

I am new to Django. I have found the official topic guides https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.3/ an excellent place to learn from. But now I am in a place where I need quick reference to see what ...
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Setting Up a Development Environment

I am part of an organization that is formalizing their software development processes/capabilities/etc. While the organization is not traditionally a software organization, they want to do this right ...
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Should all developers on a team have equal role/responsibility in writing and updating software design documents

I've asked a very similar question few days ago, but because I presented too much of my company's current situation, most answers focused completely on something that I wasn't looking to answer. So I ...
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Whats sort of platform should I host documentation on? [closed]

We have a web-based software product that has a growing user-base of around 200+ people. I won't go into details on our current workflow, but it involves word documents and converting to HTML and I ...
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Ubiquitous Language - conflict between correctness and usability

A core part of Domain Driven Design is the consistent use of a ubiquitous language across the system - in conversations, code, database schema, UI, tests, etc. I'm involved in a project in which ...
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Is functional spec a “design document”?

So I have been a bit lost in the terms, so first of all I present you what I have learned so far: System requirements specification - what users want, what the system should do Functional requirement ...
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How to document an algorithm properly with sample data?

I am wondering what should an algorithm documentation contain? Can't locate a proper guideline to follow. I have in mind to include summary of the algorithm description of the algorithm flowcharts ...
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Can you recommend a good test plan template?

Can you recommend a good test plan template for an agile testing team? I know there are templates for testing on the web and have already looked at some found by search engines, but I could really ...
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Creating an effective C++ library website and documentation

Creating a C++ library also means documenting it so that others can use it, and that documentation can vary dramatically in quality. How should a website for a C++ library be structured so that it ...
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DRY way to write Javadoc on overload methods

I want to write Javadoc in DRY way. But the oracle document about Javadoc says write same thing again in overload method comment. Can't I avoid repetition?
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What do I call people who extend my class in base class documentation?

Been calling them "implementers", but it seems weird to me. /// <summary> /// Implementers should implement this. Derp /// </summary> protected abstract void InternalExecute(); A point ...
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Commenting regular expressions

Are there any common practises for commenting the regular expressions: inline comments referring different part of RegEx or general comment for all expression?
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What's the best documentation you produce and why?

I think it's safe to assume that for most programmers, producing documentation is not as fun as actually coding. I think it's also safe to assume that most good programmers recognize the need for ...
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Does not documenting code result in job security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you write good documentation and clean code to increase the “Bus Factor”? I often ask young programmers why they are not documenting their code. Their ...
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Are XML Comments Necessary Documentation?

I used to be a fan of requiring XML comments for documentation. I've since changed my mind for two main reasons: Like good code, methods should be self-explanatory. In practice, most XML ...
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Where should a programmer explain the extended logic behind the code?

I have developed a few quantitative libraries in C# where it is important to understand not only the classic information that goes with the XMLDoc comments (which contains basic information with the ...
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What are the best documentation patterns? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of different ways to [or not to] comment out the code, specially patterns on desciptions of function details and file purposes. I'd like to know what is most used pattern to do that ...
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Are the technologies used in an application part of the architecture, or do they represent implementation/detailed design details?

When designing and writing documentation for a project an architecture needs to be clearly defined: what are the high-level modules of the system, what are their responsibilities, how do they ...
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Should documentation be a company policy or every programmer's responsibility?

I have been struggling lately with the whole subject of documentation at my current position. I am at a point in my programming career in which I feel I have just been birthed into the whole world of ...
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How to manage your functional documentation?

Our functional / business documentation is spread across Word files on our corporate Intranet. It's difficult to find and update information. There has to be a better way. Any ideas? We had ...
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Maintaining good form while learning new technologies

I find that I have to learn new technologies fairly regularly as a contractor in order to keep competitive. However, I also find that (not only, but especially) in these circumstances, I tend to end ...
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What's a good length for Javadoc for a class that is say 800 lines long?

I'm doing a code-review on someone's code for class. The class is about 800 lines long, contains a good dozen of functions but the description is like 1 line long. I'm wondering, generally ...
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How should I choose the right documentation for my team?

I've asked this question a few days ago about how much documentation should be made and now I realize I may have been asking only half of the question. My goal is to promote some sort of ...
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Is a functional spec a part of the System requirement spec?

I wonder, sources like wikipedia or templates I found shows that Functional spec is a part of System requirement documents. I always thought that SRD is just overall decsription of the system, with ...
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Documenting a REST interface with a flowchart

Does anybody have suggestions on creating a flowchart representation of a REST-style web interface? In the interest of supplying thorough documentation to co-developers, I've been toying around in dia ...
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Backend programming portfolio

For most of my development years I have been a Java backend developer, mostly for web applications. Usually for regular jobs I have described my duties in previous ones during the interview, expanding ...
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How do you track existing requirements over time?

I'm a software engineer working on a complex, ongoing website. It has a lot of moving parts and a small team of UI designers and business folks adding new features and tweaking old ones. Over the last ...
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Open source software with good code documentation to improve design skill [closed]

As I'm trying to get better at designing good software I'm wondering if there are out there good (as in well written) open source software with lot of code documentation that aims to explain details ...
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How to keep user's guide in lockstep with branches for a non-developer?

Our current user's guide is built using asciidoc. The documentation is managed by a non-technical person, but we keep the source text files as well as generated HTML in source control. Issues arise ...
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Is it unreasonable to write user documentation in the style of a technical book?

Tell me if this sounds familiar: something something something... as seen in figure 1-1 on the next page... It's in practically every book I've ever read about programming. So when I was ...
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Does MSDN follow documentation conventions for .NET, and if so is it publicly available?

While browsing the MSDN documentation for the .NET Framework Class Library (FCL) I've always been amazed by how consistent and fully documented it is. It's a constant companion when developing .NET ...
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How to change documentation expectations from “risk management” to a “project risk”

We are trying to introduce some agile concepts to the business folks but one of our biggest hurdles is their expectations for documentation - the quantity, the authorship/ownership of the documents, ...
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Template for Knowledge Transfer

I have been working for more than a year for this company. Now they want me to create a KT Document for reference. Is there any template available for me to document the coding done by me..
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How to refer to specific areas of code in documentation?

I'm about to leave a project, and before I go my boss has asked for me to document code (I've not documented very well). It's not a big deal, the project is not terribly complex. But I'm finding ...
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Software testing automation documentation

What document types could be used when describing software testing automation (on any phase, automation planning, test design, implementation, reporting)? Is there any standard types of documents? If ...
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Do you have any teamguidelines regarding exceptions?

My team recently inherited a project from a team where the amount of developers dropped so low they had to offload some work. One of the projects we inherited was a project littered with nested code, ...
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Is there a de facto standard documentor for Javascript?

I'm trying to document my code using JSDOC3, that has a similar syntax to PHPDocumentator / Apigen. But is there a de-facto standard for Javascript inline documentation? I think Google Closure is the ...
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How to categorise information in end-user documentation?

One of the greatest piece of documentation I ever read is the TeXbook by Donald Knuth—the manual of the TeX typesetting system, and I used it in my first analysis. As far as I can tell, the type of ...
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In what stage of development should comments be written?

I'm a student working an internship at a larger company, writing small business apps in C#. I've noticed that I don't comment my code as I write it. Rather, I comment my code when I'm in the ...
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Is it wrong not to create Javadoc for my code?

I do a lot of Java programming at my work (I'm an intern) and I was wondering if it is generally a rule to create javadoc to accompany my code. I usually document every method and class anyways, but I ...
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Should I follow an open source project's documentation patterns even if they are bad?

I've considered making modules and the like for various languages and other open source things. Where documentation is not specified but rather is communal de facto standard or entirely ad hoc; should ...
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Should I add MSDN notes or Stack Overflow links to source code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to put a link to Q&A sites in a program's comments? I'm creating a powershell / C# host and want to add the following comment // This method cannot be ...
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What is “Problem Domain”

I have to document my program for a school project and we have section called "problem domain" but I have no idea what to discuss in this section. So the question is: What should be discussed in the ...