New package installation page format

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Wed Jan 1 19:36:59 PST 2003

On January 1, 2003 08:28 pm, Ian Molton wrote:
> By all means explain the patch, but whats the reason to intersperse
> explanation and commands?

It simply flows more naturally this way. You explain what's going to happen 
next, then you do it. I've come to realize this is a better method of 
teaching people, especially when its their first time. And no, I don't 
consider this hand-holding of newbies.

I've taught unix system admin exam material before (it was a Sun Solaris 
System Admin I course) and I've tried both methods. First I'd explain all up 
front what would happen, then give the commands and whatever else they 
needed. It often confused people too much, or I gave all the material firs, 
then explained it step by step which worked a little better. The best 
reception was when you break a task up in smaller chunks, explain a bit, do a 
bit, explain a bit more, do a bit more.

But I believe, Ian, we've already covered this. You simply don't like the new 
layout. I keep saying it's a better teaching aid. You don't agree with me, I 
try to explain it with other words, you still don't agree, I try yet again. I 
think at this point it's best left alone. We just differ, which is fine, but 
rehashing the same points over and over again will not help anything.

Gerard Beekmans

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