> Documentation was better back when.
When I started programming properly ('84, '85?) it began with being issued the full shelf of IBM 3060 manuals - and when I mean shelf, I mean 3 feet. All my reference material was for the version I was using - relevant, complete, practival. We used to say RTFM and we meant it, you had an M to RTF.
Lots of people hate on the Erlang documentation http://www.erlang.org/doc/ but I love 'em, proper shelf, proper docos.
Python documentation, while extensive, is crappy.
I still miss my Sun Ultra enterprise 2. That was documented to bits.
I find the Rails documentation awful lacking a lot of detail with an expectation that you read the source which in places is fairly hard to follow through several layers and even if you find the relevant part without good documentation you can't tell if it is a bug or intended behaviour in some cases.