[GNHLUG] "Hey, Wiki, you're so fine..." CentraLUG, 7 June 2010, Hopkinton Public Library

Ted Roche tedroche at tedroche.com
Fri Jun 4 19:33:35 EDT 2010

The monthly meeting of the Central New Hampshire Linux Group,
http://www.centralug.org, takes place as usual on the first Monday of
the month. We're meeting at our summer location, the Hopkinton Public
Library (http://www.hopkintontownlibrary.org), which never fails to
baffle Ben by being located in Contoocook. We typically start at 7 PM,
and close up around 9 PM. Early arrival (6:30ish) is encouraged for
Q&A.  There are many fine dining establishments in beautiful downtown
Contoocook (Dmitri's - pizza, Riverside - sit-down American, Louie's
Pizza, and Red Star Restaurant - Asian) should you choose to dine before
the meeting, and one of the finest examples of an all-wood covered
railroad bridge survives in downtown.

The topic of the month is Wikis. "Wiki Wiki!" is Hawaiian for "quick,
quick!" and is a pattern of presenting a read-write web site. There are
more variations and implementations than grains of sand in the universe.
but we'll look at a couple of them, specifically:

Twiki, written in Perl, running gnhlug.org (http://twiki.org)
MediaWiki, written in PHP, storage in MySQL, which runs Wikipedia.org
Dokuwiki, also in PHP (http://www.dokuwiki.org/)
Redmine, written in Ruby, which includes a wiki module.

We'll talk a little bit about the range of markup languages, the
technology behind the wiki, the social and community aspects of how a
wiki works (or doesn't), and how Free/Open Source has played into the
success of wikis.

Recommended Reading: "The Wiki Way, Quick Collaboration on the Web" by
Ward Cunningham (inventor of the wiki) and Bo Leuf, Addison-Wesley,
2001, ISBN 0-201-71499-X and http://wiki.org/. We'll have a copy there
for your browsing.

Hope to see you there!

Ted Roche
Ted Roche & Associates, LLC

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