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Five apps to take the pain out of documentation

Five apps to take the pain out of documentation

If you're a system or network administrator or a programmer, you know one of the most tedious exercises you can undertake is documenting your systems, networks, or projects. But without proper documentation, you may as well build it all and forget how you did it — because that information will slip from your memory. Or worse, you'll be relieved of your duties and those who step in to fill your shoes will be clueless as to what you did.

So what's the best way to approach it? Do you just open up a word processor and start typing random bits of information? Or do you use an application designed to simplify the process? It makes sense to take advantage of a specialized app, but which one should you use? Here's a list of five useful apps that can simplify your documentation chores. They're either specific to a task or general enough to aid in most situations.

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2 comments
RobertMoore12
RobertMoore12

I've NEVER had any problem using Word or Excel to document everything from Network to pills that I have to take.
 While it's good to have alternatives. It isn't really necessary.