Archiv für Oktober 2005

Reference styles

Oktober 28, 2005 - Markus Hoenicka
A large part of the complexity of RefDB and other bibliography software can be attributed to the fact that there are about twice as many reference styles as there are journals out there. I am strictly convinced that the key issue when founding a new journal is to develop a reference style that no other journal is using so far. This issue has now been discussed in a letter to Nature. I absolutely agree with the opinion laid out in this letter that agreeing on one format would help just about everyone.

RefDB user interfaces

Oktober 24, 2005 - Markus Hoenicka
One of the major obstacles that prevented RefDB's world domination :-) was the lack of a graphical user interface (GUI). While command-line tools clearly have an edge in terms of automating tasks or in terms of doing really snazzy tricks, a simple GUI is considered the hallmark of a user-friendly program. This is considered the way to attract new users, but how to get there?

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Software documentation

Oktober 19, 2005 - Markus Hoenicka
Maintaining software documentation is a burden that many a programmer is all too ready to shy away from - if there are any questions, read the source code. I think it shows respect for the users if you maintain good documentation, even if it takes coding time away from your budget. When I picked up the maintainership of the libdbi project, I did not release the completely revised sources without updating the almost two year old manuals.

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