How Do I Prepare Technical Documentation of a Website Application

Technical Documentation is any type of documentation written to describe the functionality, handling and architecture of any technical related product either under development or use.

Are you planning to write that amazing technical documentation for your new application but you don’t know how and where to start.

Just get a cup of coffee and feel relax as I will be taking you through the steps to follow when you want to write any technical documentation for any website application.

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Brief Design Documents:  When writing any technical documentation for a website application, it is good and compulsory to always prepare series of brief design documents. It enables writer to focus on key design choices you might have considered and why you choose to design the implemented.

This will save other people who might need to work on your design and product form second guessing your design choices and making it easier for them to reconsider the requirements or technology when the design of the former product changes.

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High Level Data Model Diagrams: Preparing high level data model diagrams will helps you to describe the storage and internal structures of how your products looks like. Remember that picture is worth a thousand words so always remember to make a high level data model diagrams.

Documenting Complex Tasks: Tasks like encoding/encryption schemes, algorithms and language grammars used in the project should be documented as well. If you are using export or import tools like CSV, JSON or XML, it is better and good to document the grammar used in the application import or export tools. It will be helpful to say things about the semantics and the buildup of your specific uses of the tools in the application.

Developers and the Technical Environment: Document everything that any developers that will co-work on the project with you. Developer needs to know about the technical environment for the application, such as the software needed to use to build it, places where such software can find the software. Checks to know if the software is licensed or not.

Commenting: During your course of developing that software, you used many classes, methods and properties. All of them need to be commented and tools like Doxygen can make a documentation out of the comment for you to export and edit if you want.

Users Story: One of the effective tool to describe and identify the functionality that you are trying to give your users the perspective and acceptance criteria.

Writers should make sure that they name all objects clearly and logically ensure that the code correlated with the requirements in mind.

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Frameworks: Frameworks are amazing and interesting software libraries to store code and procedures in a standard format. Many frameworks were developed like Ruby on Rails and Django for Python and Laravel for PHP. In your technical documentation, you should explain the framework(s) you used in your project.

Version Control/Code Repositories: Version control can also be put into consideration when writing your part of documentation. Developers should explain what they did and how they did it in their explanation.

All the version control tools support teams’ projects in creating amazing documentation making it easier for them to maximize their time and effort.

 

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IDOWU OLAIDE RIDWAN
Author: IDOWU OLAIDE RIDWAN
I'm a website developer/Instructor in Soutech Ventures and I love to follow up on every technological trends in Website Development. I'm also in love with inspiring startup stories! I believe they have a way of inspiring people to be what they want to be.
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