The Developer's Notebook series is modeled on the tradition of
labora-tory notebooks. Laboratory notebooks are an invaluable tool for
researchers and their successors.
The purpose of a laboratory notebook is to facilitate the recording of
data and conclusions as the work is being conducted, creating a faithful
and immediate history. The notebook begins with a title page that
includes the owner's name and the subject of research. The pages of the
notebook should be numbered and prefaced with a table of
contents. Entries must be clear, easy to read, and accurately dated;
they should use simple, direct language to indicate the name of the
experiment and the steps taken. Calculations are written out carefully
and relevant thoughts and ideas recorded. Each experiment is intro-duced
and summarized as it is added to the notebook. The goal is to
produce comprehensive, clearly organized notes that can be used as a
reference. Careful documentation creates a valuable record and provides
a practical guide for future developers.