How to learn using Pliant ?
Goals of Pliant hard core site
The Pliant hard core site is intended to provide as many informations as possible to people who want to start using Pliant for developing tiny applications, or want to master it up to the point to be able to adapt it to their own needs.
The bonus is that it will also provide strong computing culture notions, so might be very interesting to read even if you don't care about Pliant. There is a lot to read on the web about is product A better than product B, but few about computing culture. An important goal of this site is to make the reader understand that any software relies on a computing model, just like a house stands on top of foundations, so can hardly get beyond the limits inherited from the computing model trade off just like a house can hardly grow higher than it's foundation strength capabilities.
The site will be organized as a set of small articles, each providing computing culture oriented introduction to the subject, or explaining how to do something with Pliant, or describing how some part of Pliant code is led.
Additional services such are source code browsing are provided. Everything is cleanly mapped to URLs, so that you can use either www.fullpliant.org web2 site, or hc.fullpliant.org web site, but www.fullpliant.org is easier to use since it provides a navigation left window and easy to use input forms.
Since Pliant is a fairly large project, the solution I've selected is to write fast within the Pliant document editor. This brings several drawbacks:
On the other hand, I'll try to provide enough informations so that no computing skills should be required to read it. Anyway, once again, I'm not an experimented teacher, nor a skilled writer, so I will probably fail to achieve it in the early days. As a result, you are welcome to ask clarifications, request extra computing culture introduction, point out mistakes and send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Given my just specified writing skills limits, a single site for both managers and computing specialists is probably too ambitious, and at least not marketing wise. That's true. On the other hand, I myself read very few articles about technology that provide deep enough ideas as opposed scratching the surface or following the new is fashion trick. As a result, I believe that in the the end, I might succeed make people that spent enough time and energy getting over my harsh writing feel that it did worth the effort, and I find it a good enough realistic target.
In very few words, Pliant hard core site is for the braves only and will probably remain so quite some time if not forever, but it is expected to become useful for non specialists that want to acquire computing culture.
Proper wording changes are not expected at the moment, and the reason is that I have to find my way of writing, so trying to stick to the way others do does not help.
I'm not very much interested in sites that would copy and reword most of this site, but I'm very interested in contributions that concentrate on one aspect of Pliant and handle it extensively. The reason is that Pliant is quite large so contributors that want to embrace it all tend to fade and surrender quite soon. On the other hand, contributors that will concentrate on one subject will provide extra value so are more likely to be properly rewarded for what they do.
Other sources of informations about Pliant
Various sites dealing with Pliant are listed in the http://fullpliant.org/ front page.