One of the worst pieces of help a person can get online is from an incomplete tutorial. Many of the ones I have encountered that do this leave room for a business to do the rest for a fee.
However, does this really help anyone? Not really, especially when it leaves the job half done. Does this mean that the person who wrote the tutorial will do the job half-assed as well? (Excuse me for my crudeness, but this is a peeve of mine.)
It is understandable to run a business, but in a open source development community this tends to be a let down, especially for the fact that the developer writing the tutorial has learned from other developers… meaning where they are today is not from their own efforts, but by learning from others. And most likely, learning how to code was learned from tutorials published for free.
This is a big problem with some developers. They want to horde all their secrets, but release half-assed tutorials that miss some of the important parts.
For example, I recently did a Drupal to WordPress conversion and while I was able to get 95% of the tutorial, the last 5% was missing. When I contacted one of the tutorial writers, they wanted me to pay for them to do the job. I did not need them to do the job, but to correct their tutorial to make sure it was complete. This is the MigratetoWP.com owner. I am not linking them because I do not recommend developers that are like this.
I was further disappointed when their response was that they did give their script out. I did not want the whole script. I wanted the part that they failed to provide in their tutorial.
So, my response to this developer: “Don’t publish incomplete tutorials.”
Aside from that, I will be writing my own Drupal to WordPress tutorial that will be far more complete.
Are you a developer who has experienced a similar issue with other developers in the open source community?