You have to give credit to all those individuals that take time out to create tutorials that help others overcome obstacles they run into when trying to implement something new. I’ll be the first to bow down to those individuals, they’ve saved me from dissaster time and time again.
Today’s blog isn’t about those people though, it’s about those that create tutorials that are so hard to follow and so full of errors you wish they had not done the tutorial in the first place. You know who I’m talking about, the ones that write tutorials for Facebook using an API that is 3 versions old and no longer supported by Facebook.
Or maybe its the one that writes a tutorial on how to create a Facebook application using asp.net and mvc that does not work, does not have a forum you can go to for help and when it does gets you no replies unless you are prasing the writer. Yeap, that’s the one I’m talking about today.
Why do people engage in such a practice? Are the emails and forum postings not enough to tell them that their writing sucks?
I just spent a whole week trying to find tutorials that would help me create a Facebook application. I found several that, at first glance, looked promissing. I downloaded the sample code, reviewed it, and found it to be a complete waste of my time. Others I downloaded the sample code and found it to be very well written so I proceeded to walk through the tutorial only to find out that the sample app did not work at all. What a waste of a good week!