[ic] difference between catalog types (Was: Answers Wanted: 2-level categorization: Best strategy?)

Dan B db@cyclonehq.dnsalias.net
Tue, 09 Jan 2001 21:13:23 -0800

I second your motion!  I think this would make a great enhancement request 
on bugzilla.  I'll make one unless someone beats me to it.

More documentation specifically regarding the templates would make me 
tremble with excitement!  (I break out in a sweat just at the 
thought!).  Any volunteers?

         - Database Schema (Visio, Kivio, jpeg, txt, etc. formats)
         - Description of each file (CATROOT/* and admin/*), including 
purpose, mv_next_page, what databases are modified, and how, etc. useful info
         - Document incomplete code sections (e.g.: notify me when stock is in)
         - Other catalog documentation aspects/ideas?

Dan Browning, Cyclone Computer Systems, danb@cyclonecomputers.com

>Maybe the assumption is that since we have the UI, we don't
>need to know what all the fields in the 'cat' table are for or how
>they are used in the barry/construct templates.  I'm all for user
>interfaces.  Yes, let's make it easier to get work done.  However, I'm
>still a huge fan of command line interfaces.  The CLI is (imnsho) the
>only real way to understand the underlying structure.  For instance,
>look at all the "Web Designers" that have only used MS-FrontPage.
>"Why does your pages look bad on at least 30% of the web browsers on
>the Internet?"  "Uh, I don't know.  What do you mean the pages display
>differently?"  (No offense intended to any developers that actually
>use MS-FrontPage.  I understand that quite a few people really enjoy
>it.  My point is that at some point you really have to get down and
>dirty with the HTML.)
>In the same way, understanding the db scheme is the only way to really
>understand what IC is doing and why.  Yes, it is possible to figure it
>out on your own by looking at the Tag Reference and the template code;
>but that knowlege is hard won.
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Dan Browning, Cyclone Computer Systems, danb@cyclonecomputers.com