After unpacking the .zip or .tar.gz file, you will have created a directory called ale. That directory contains a README file that describes how the distribution is structured, how to compile the source, etc.
The following people assisted in creating this software:
Sandra K. Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), who wrote all the documentation. Sandra contributed *many* hours of her own time to make this package accessible and immediately useful.
Jim Levie (Jim.Levie@dynetics.com), who provided valuable feedback as to how the package should work -- and who also (demonstrating extreme bravery) tested and used the package extensively before documentation was even available. The "external method" feature was added to fulfill Jim's needs.
Matt Nelson (email@example.com), who also provided valuable real-world insight as to how things should behave. The "define" feature was added at Matt's request.
Kyle Gillentine (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Fred Marshall (email@example.com) a couple of good guys I work with who've also assisted in making ale reliable and usable.