September 4, 2008
Not as impressed as Vince with the new browser. Buggy (error at startup time after migrating the favorites) unable to access gmail, suspicious googleUpdate.exe process still active after I’ve closed the app etc …
However, the comic is quite a fascinating experience.
Documenting software to transmit knowledge has always been something I’ve loved to do. The reason is : along with tests, documentation is another abandonned child of the developpers and as such I feel a lot of tenderness towards this activity.
But here we’re just moving a step further : a real artist is documenting this rather geeky product …
Scott Mc Cloud is a graphic artist and he has been approached by google to write the specs of the Google Browser. The old times of truck loads of documentation delivered together with your software by the big cat seems like ages ago.
Kathy Sierra taught us why a) conversational writing kicks formal writing whenever it comes to teach and have your audience remembering and b) Graphics have people responding. Google learned their lesson very well thank you and decided to do both.
At GLV puts it in twitter : Google Chrome’s coolness is mostly under the hood. Hard to convince nonprogrammers why that’s important. The comic is a brilliant solution.
Best thing : the main characters are software engineers. Respect to the alpha geeks indeed.
Check out Scott interview at techRadar.