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$(D_S Promoting D Projects (or Internet Marketing 101),
$(P So you've written a cool project in D, and it's ready for others
to use or to get involved with helping develop it further.
Just posting a zip file isn't going to work. All your blood, sweat
and effort will just go to waste.
You'll need to provide a way for people who want to know about
your project to be able to find it.
)
$(P The steps are:
)
$(OL
$(LI Create a web page for the project)
$(LI Let people know about it)
)
<h3>Creating a Web Page</h3>
$(P A good web page should include the following:
)
$(UL
$(LI The keywords and phrases that someone who would be interested
in your project might type into Google to find it.)
$(LI The phrase $(B D programming language) somewhere on the page.
This helps build the brand on the internet.
If you just use $(B D), nobody will find it via search.)
$(LI Screen shots of the program. Even better, for graphics
and game demos, make a short video of it with
$(LINK2 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx, Windows Movie Maker),
which can capture movies directly from the screen.)
$(LI List the capabilities of the package and what it's good for.)
$(LI Identify who this package is intended for and why they'd
want to use it.)
$(LI Copyright and license information for any source code.
If you intend for it to be
$(LINK2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain, public domain),
make sure to
explicitly mark it so.)
)
<h3>Promoting the Project</h3>
$(P Submit the page or article to the following:
)
$(UL
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.digitalmars.com/pnews/indexing.php?server=news.digitalmars.com&group=digitalmars.D.announce, digitalmars.D.announce) newsgroup)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl, Google web crawler))
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.google.com/codesearch/addcode, Google code search) for source code zips)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.dzone.com/, dzone) developer news)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.betamarker.com/, beta marker) for releases, including betas)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.digg.com/, Digg) under the Developer category)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://slashdot.org/, Slashdot) news for nerds)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.gamedev.net/, gamedev.net) anything game related)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.artima.com/, Artima Developer) developer articles)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.download.com/, download.com) software downloads)
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.wikipedia.org/, Wikipedia) if it genuinely adds to an article on the subject)
$(LI $(B comp.programming) newsgroup)
)
$(P Send me a cut-and-paste html snippet to place on
$(LINK2 http://www.digitalmars.com/d/dlinks.html, dlinks).
)
$(P If your project is a conversion of an existing project to D,
email the project leader of that existing project and suggest
that he incorporate a link to your project on his page.
)
$(P For the absolutely most effective results, submit
articles to:
)
$(UL
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.ddj.com, Dr. Dobb's Journal))
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.sdexpo.com/, SDWest))
$(LI $(LINK2 http://www.oopsla.org/, OOPSLA))
)
)
Macros:
TITLE=Promoting D Projects (or Internet Marketing 101)
WIKI=PromotingDProjects
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