The past 1 1/2 years has lead to a lot of changes in my day to day job. Aside from the usual Domino stuff, I have been involved heavily in Traveler, Google Apps and more recently security. Also connections. Quite a bit of connections recently. Aside from hating the product with a passion when it first came out (due to having to install Connections 1.0) I have come to two conclusions.
1. IMO there is little coherrant documentation on the installation with suffiient explanation to educate admins on “what” they are doing and potential implications. I like good documentation. I like to think that I write good documentation. And bad documentation drives me nuts.
2. Once Connections is installed on a site, it does provide value if championed and used correctly.
So, I have been chatting with my partner in crime, Gab Davis on an idea I have been toying with. I would like to see if there is any interest in the crowd as we both think it is a reasonable sized undertaking. What if we documented a complete installation of Connections under what we could consider a starter deployment, and explain the products as we go. By that I mean, starting with operating system level, and taking you through the installation, configuration, bolt on of moving parts and eventual administration of Connections. I reckon this would take about 25-30 blog posts to get to a production”ish” deployment. Possibly using google video for some of it too.
If you think it would be useful, let us know in the comments. If you think the documentation is good enough out there and something more advanced is needed, that’s cool too.
Would this be of interest?