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2024-01-29 22:01:34 +0100 +0100


I've been thinking about what it takes to learn a system, prompted by some discussions about the ease (or lack of) of being a proficient developer with MediaWiki as deployed in Wikimedia sites. My thinking is that the quality fixed assets of a project (its documentation, tutorials, other posts) are less important than the learnability of such a system–how one can reverse engineer, debug, grep, study examples, and otherwise hack one's way to the right answer.

I think we have the right tools in place for that, in the Wikimedia context, and hope to write more about it soon.