How-to documentation GitHub Better Documentation Is Within Reach

Better Documentation Is Within Reach

Good docs help people use your work, but they have other benefits too. They encourage community contributions. They save you from your past self when you’re revisiting your own code six months from now. And they help you think: much like talking to a rubber duck helps you find bugs, carefully documenting your work for users helps you see it from a different perspective and design better code.

Tool documentation style validation design ProPublica’s News Apps Guides

Yesterday morning, the ProPublica apps team released a series of documents outlining their coding philosophy, app design and development practices, data validation techniques, and more. We spoke with Scott Klein about how his team’s processes evolved and how they made the time to document it all.

Project Solr CMS search Fast Hacks: Solr and Newscoop

Fast Hacks: Solr and Newscoop

News startups in and around Georgia helped improve search in Newscoop content management system using Solr.

Project TileMill mapping Google Docs MapBox elections Mother Jones’ Voter Suppression Map

Mother Jones' Voter Suppression Map

How the Mother Jones nerd desk whipped up a multi-layered map of verified incidents of voter suppression for the 2012 US elections.