NBCDSandBox

This is the Sandbox for NBCD Team to experiment with the various strategies to effectively interlink various wikis, to ease the way we locate the docs at present.

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Tagging Docs


Refer this wikipage for introduction to categories in wiki.

Proposal

I am proposing a solution for tagging the docs as per NetBEans IDE, they are applicable to, as well as feature specific. I will explain it with the help of an example.

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In this figure, NetBeans 6.0 is hyperlinked and points to the wiki (WikiName: NBCDTutorials60) which looks like the following;


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This wiki makes use of ReferringPages Plugin to list all the pages that add a pointer to this wiki. This way, we would be able to see what and how many docs are there that are applicable to NetBeans 6.0.


Locating Docs


If I had to find the above tutorial, then I will visit the NBCD Matrix and click on Platform section from Table Of Contents (TOC).

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Then, click on English present in the row having Tutorials as Category type. Then, you visit this page.

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Click URL in the row having 6.0 as NetBeans IDE. Then, you visit the following page.

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Now, you're just one click away to find the necessary documentation. Click the relevant link, if present to visit the page which has every documentation that belongs to this feature and category.

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Press Release


Kristian Rink

"Started in March 2007, the NetBeans Community Docs project has gone a long way collecting and sorting pieces of documentation provided to the NetBeans community solely by voluntary contributors from all around the globe. All users involved into this process have done a great putting time and effort into that project, and as a result, the impressive landmark of 300 user contributed pieces of documentation has been reached in Februrary 2009.

However, sometimes things have to change, and so, by now we also want to make some changes to the way NetBeans Community Docs project works. And for that, being a 'community project' and thus not just maintained by the community but also, in the content it collects, mainly aiming at providing help and support to the community, we would like to know what the community wants and needs before going any further. In near future, we want to make NBCD more than ever an actively maintained, vivid 'community driven knowledge base' directly addressing our users needs, adding our part to helping people get the most out of NetBeans IDE.

For that, we would like to read your opinion. What do you like about NBCD so far? What bothers you in using it in your everyday work? What kind of content do you enjoy reading and using, and what would you like to see improved as the project moves on? Take our survey link now, take a chance to tell us, to make 'the future NBCD' even more the community driven knowledge base you would like to use and see."


Varun Nischal

All around the world, members of communities contribute to make their community a better one. The NetBeans Community is no different. You can make a direct impact on the quality of the NetBeans community by contributing docs in a number of formats. Thus, NetBeans Community Docs program came into existence.

Since the program inception in March 2007, it has developed into a dependable source of quality NetBeans documentation. Submitted documentation includes tutorials, screencasts, FAQs, book chapters, and Tips & Tricks.

Today more than 100 community members participate regularly in the program, which has resulted in more than 300 documents. This is the place to find necessary information for becoming a contributor and/or finding specific community-contributed documentation.

However, times have changed, the rate at which contributions were done is decreasing every month. Its a wake-up call for us, the team and the community. In near future, we want to make this program, more than ever actively maintained, vivid 'community driven knowledge base' directly addressing our users needs, adding our part to helping people get the most out of NetBeans IDE.

So, we would like to read your opinion. What do you like about this program, so far? What bothers you in using it in your everyday work? What kind of content do you enjoy reading and using, and what would you like to see improved as the project moves on? Take our survey link now, take a chance to tell us, to make 'the future NBCD' even more the community driven knowledge base you would like to use and see.

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