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RE: [DOCS] Re: [HACKERS] Outline for PostgreSQL book

From: Peter Mount <petermount(at)it(dot)maidstone(dot)gov(dot)uk>
To: "'Bruce Momjian'" <maillist(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>, Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: PostgreSQL-documentation <docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: RE: [DOCS] Re: [HACKERS] Outline for PostgreSQL book
Date: 1999-10-13 13:07:34
Message-ID: 1B3D5E532D18D311861A00600865478C25E6D8@exchange1.nt.maidstone.gov.uk (view raw or flat)
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500 pages isn't that much once you start rambling... I have an internal
document here that's already passed the 100 page mark, and it has hardly
anything in it - well it's about NT so it's not worth much any how ;-)

Peter

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Peter Mount
Enterprise Support
Maidstone Borough Council
Any views stated are my own, and not those of Maidstone Borough Council.



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Momjian [mailto:maillist(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us]
Sent: 13 October 1999 13:51
To: Peter Eisentraut
Cc: PostgreSQL-documentation; PostgreSQL-development
Subject: Re: [DOCS] Re: [HACKERS] Outline for PostgreSQL book


> On Wed, 13 Oct 1999, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> 
> > Not sure how to merge current documentation into it.  I would like
to
> > point them to URL locations as much as possible.  I thought if I
give
> > them enough to get started, and to understand how the current docs
fit
> > together, that would be good.
> 
> Personally, I always think that computer books that point you to URLs
to
> get the complete information are less than desirable. The very point
of
> reading the book is that you don't have to get up to your computer all
the
> time. Books should be self-contained and add to the existing
documentation
> since otherwise I won't need it.
> 
> Also, think about the fact that the online documentation might change
more
> quickly than a book is published. In a magazine you can do that, but
in a
> book that's questionable. I have a few books that are only about two
years
> old and the information in them is still very valid, but the URLs with
all
> the examples and all don't work anymore. Who knows why, I don't have
the
> time to find out.
> 

I just don't want to produce a 500 page book to cover these topics.

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