Applications should have intuitive user interfaces - time spent trying to figure out how to operate the software is frequently time wasted. So in a perfect world, the transition from novice to power user of Code Collaborator would be instantaneous. Alas, our world is not perfect (although we are trying), so there is a learning curve.
Thankfully, that learning curve is very short and there are resources to help you out. Working through these three should only take about 15-20 minutes:
- The five minute online demo. This was one of the first things I used to start understanding the basics. There is also a forty minute online demo, but to get started you only need the five minute version.
- The Getting Started guides. One for the system administrator and one for developers who will be using the tool. These are short (less than two pages) lists of steps to follow for doing installation and initial configuration.
- The default workflow overview. A short web page that can be scanned quickly.
And there is always, of course, the product manual, which is available online (and as a .pdf). I know most people cringe at the thought of reading the documentation, but I found it to be quite easy to use. It is particularly useful once you understand that Code Collaborator is implemented in two major pieces: the server side and the client components.
For the client component, the online demos show Code Collaborator's plugin for the Perforce GUI. The workflow for all the other clients is basically the same, but the details do vary somewhat. So for example, if you are using Subversion and you prefer the command line, then a quick look at this manual page is worthwhile. Or if you use CVS and want to try the Code Collaborator Eclipse plugin, take a look at this, etc.