[SciPy-dev] Re: [Numpy-discussion] Purchasing Documentation
Alan G Isaac
aisaac at american.edu
Tue Oct 4 04:22:05 CDT 2005
On Mon, 03 Oct 2005, Travis Oliphant apparently wrote:
> I hope people can understand that the reality of scarcity
> dictates that we coordinate efforts through some
> mechanism. The price mechanism has been the most
> succesful large-scale mechanism yet developed.
> I am interested in feedback. If you don't buy the book
> because you think I'm asking too much money, then let me
> know, as Tim has done.
I found this an interesting approach to supporting the
project. I plan to buy the book when it is released.
Hmm, why wait? I should put my money where my mouth is.
Just a moment ... ok, done.
I view the book as a *complement* to other documentation
that will appear and as a way to support the project.
I agree with Tim that freely accessible online documentation
will and must become available as well. As Chris notes,
some of this can happen on the Wiki.
I also plan to ask our library to purchase the book, but
I am concerned that your statement that multiple users each
need their own copy might mean a library purchase is
forbidden. I assume it did not mean that, and that you
just meant that making multiple copies is restricted. (Our
library supports electronic book check out.) Ruling out
library purchases would, I think, be a costly mistake for
many reasons, which I can list if you are interested.
Finally, I agree with Tim that seven years is too long and
at the price I'd hope for a paperback copy. I think
a better strategy would be two years copy protection, with
an updated edition every two years. (But then I am not
writing the code!) The basic concept is really nice, as
long as it does not make it harder for you to
- fully document your code,
- smile on the free documentation that emerges, and
- keep your sunny disposition.
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