[Haskell-cafe] Darcs home page updated
simon at joyful.com
Tue May 1 06:00:54 CEST 2012
Thanks for the feedback Paul (and Michael), all such is very useful.
Maybe I'll try Django-green... :)
> - there is a video right on the first page, good ! Unfortunatly, it is
> not showing darcs but its cousin. Also, the title is "why do we
> continue to develop ... [camp]", which isn't the most positive
> approach one can expect on a start page
It does discuss both camp and darcs. I meant to say the following: I was happy to be able to use Ian Lynagh's video,
which I have always felt strikes a very good tone - technical, concise, grounded and energising. I like listening to it.
Also, there isn't a lot out there to work with. Please let me know if I'm missing something else good.
> - the compact tutorial is great, I love it. It deserves more poish. For
> inspiration, one can have a look at this website for example :
Good to hear, I have scheduled more polish.
> - underlined links looks a bit 90's. You can add a simple css rule to
> choose an other color and remove the underline (though it is good
> practice to set it on mouseover)
Oh I thought underline had come back in. Ok done.
A few more notes trimmed from the original mail:
- I've tried to emphasise the relative simplicity Darcs offers. I think this is a true strength and our biggest value
proposition. (Aside: I think Haskell is another true strength, but a less obvious one, currently not mentioned.)
- You may notice my very swift description of patch dependencies. Though we are used to thinking of patch deps as
painful, I think the text is a fair and accurate high-level description for newcomers. The video gives a little more
- Like some other sites (I liked Mercurial's best), we have quick start examples right on the front page. This grew a
bit long, but how handy to be able to jump to darcs.net and instantly see how to get stuff done.. and its basically *all
you need to know* to use Darcs, correct me if I'm wrong.
- The colours are a bit anaemic. Needs more red and dark tones. The dark pres I tried gave less contrast..
- I use and occasionally hack on Alex Suraci's darcsden repo-hosting app. You can see my dev repo and changes at
http://joyful.com/darcsden/simon/darcs-sm , and you might even be able to register, fork, show previews and send pull
requests there - testers welcome. Perhaps one day this could be on darcs.net, or a reliable funded darcsden.com, or
Best - Simon
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