OpenSource is a really nice idea and helps to program things much faster. They help you not do invent things, which are already invented. But for me, they are mostly just a method to lern new programming paradigmas. What’s really annoying me is the documentation.
For a programming project for letter recognition at my university, I want to use Torch3, a library for machine learning in c++. The tutorial shows, that the library is really interesting. But unfortunatelly, the documentation is not very good. Only the examples help a little bit to use the library.
What can we learn? If we want to publish an open source project, the documentation is very very important. If we want that many people use our library, this is nearly as important as the library itself.
Ok, let’s try to use the library….