September 21st, 2006
In a flurry of activity, we’ve added four more chapters of material to the Structured Analysis wiki that we launched a day or two ago. In addition to the chapter on dataflow diagrams (which, for most of this year, has been the second most popular page on my website!), we’ve now got the following additional chapters:
- Chapter 10 (data dictionaries)
- Chapter 11 (process specifications)
- Chapter 12 (entity relationship diagrams)
- Chapter 15 (additional modeling tools)
The choice of chapters may seem somewhat random, but there’s a method to the madness: these chapters have consistently been the most popular ones downloaded from the HTML-based manuscript that you can find in the “regular” part of my website. At this point, we’ll probably go back to the beginning, and start adding chapters from Chapter 1 onwards. It will probably take another few weeks to upload all of the material…
In the meantime, though, you — and your friends, family, co-workers, and fellow structured analysis enthusiasts — are welcome to start correcting, updating, revising, and improving the material that’s already on the wiki. I’ve been busy with about a dozen other projects recently, and have not yet had the chance to start making my own edits — but I plan to do so as soon as I get a spare moment.
Of course, the wiki environment (we’re using MediaWiki for this initiative) provides the facility for adding comments and discussion; but if you’d prefer to make such comments outside the wiki environment, you’re welcome to add comments to this blog posting, or send email directly to me at “ed (at) yourdon (dot) com”.