How important are javadocs

How important are javadocs?  If you are offering API services to developers, how often do they reference these docs?

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yi_jasAsked:
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Jeffrey Dake Senior Director of TechnologyCommented:
If you are offering an API out to developers then java docs are extremely important.  As a developer I start with the documentation , java docs and examples as a starting point to using any API.
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yi_jasAuthor Commented:
Ok - so as a developer, you do prefer javadocs - downloadable or online or interactive?  What is your preference. Thanks!
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Jeffrey Dake Senior Director of TechnologyCommented:
Online is usually what I use
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