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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Wiki Evaluation.

I'm conducting an evaluation of wiki's to use on this site. I'm taking a look at Gareth Cronin's Very Quick Wiki, Russell Beattie's SimpleWeb, and Ghoot Emaho's Chiki. My only criteria is that it must be an Open Source Java-based implementation. If you know of any others, let me know.

Update 1: I got a note from Ugo Cei of Be Blogging to check out Open Wiki. Unfortunately, it's an ASP implementation, so it doesn't satisfy my only criteria. It really looks very slick, and I especially like the attempt to follow web-standards (indicated by the w3c icons on the bottom right).

Update 2: Brad Smith (no blog in e-mail) sent me a head-up about JSPWiki this evening. This one looks pretty cool - it's got a RSS feed and statistics. Just to be fair, SimpleWeb has an RSS feed as well.

I've begun my first phase of the evaluation and will update notes in this post accordingly - after I'm done, I'll add to to my Articles list. Keep the suggestions coming - I'll eval as many as I have time for and hopefully keep the list growing.

Update 3: Here is a rough list of features I put together last night (Saturday, 10-26-02) about features I read from each wiki's documentation. I jotted down some quick thoughts and I will evolve them over the next few days. This is only a 15 minute analysis, more to come soon.

Very Quick Wiki:

  • Email notification
  • Virtual wikis
  • MySQL support
  • Custom file system directory
  • File uploads
  • Wiki markup vs HTML
  • Admin console
  • The search engine
  • Diff
  • Username cookies
  • Versioning
  • Locking

Plus: version 2.0, Easy install
Minus: Doesn't Validate (no character encoding)
Development: Somewhat Active

SimpleWeb

  • No Documentation

Plus: Nice Interface, E-Mail Signup, Russel wrote it (a.k.a. you'll probably get good support), RSS Feed
Minus: Doesn't Validate (no character encoding), No documentation, No Web UI To Configure (had to search and find .jspf files under WEB-INF), No binary distribution, have to download and compile, Version 0.1
Development: Not Active

Chiki

  • Simple Content Creation and Editing: edit existing pages or create new pages by using any web browser - no need to upload pages via ftp or http
  • Edit Content: simply click on the Edit option and make your changes
  • Create Content: simply type in the name of the new page you want
  • Automatic links: pages are linked automatically. You do not need to learn Html commands to link pages.
  • Text formatting: simple, powerful and easy to learn text formatting rules. If you can use email, you can use Chiki !
  • Nodes: pages are grouped into Chiki Nodes. This allows simple organisation of content and collaboration areas
  • Content Search: full text search
  • Content Links: simply click on the links option to see what other content pages link to this one
  • Access Control: you must be registered and logged in to edit and create content, otherwise you have read access only
  • Recent Activity: shows the most recent edit/create operations performed

Plus: Uses Struts and Castor, User Login to Edit, Homepage is powered by Chiki
Minus: Doesn't validate (no character encoding), Version 0.27
Development: Stagnant - was active when first released, but seems to have lost momentum

JSPWiki

  • RSS Feed
  • XML-RPC interface
  • Skins (2.0)
  • Authentication and Access Control (2.0)
  • Search
  • File Upload
  • User Preferences (username)
  • Recent Changes
  • Diff

Plus: Homepage is powered by JSPWiki, Future plans documented on website, version 1.97
Minus: Doesn't validate (but does include DOCENGINE), plain and boring interface, No Admin UI
Development: Seems to be Active - lots of discussions on homepage

Posted in General at Oct 23 2002, 07:39:22 AM MDT 1 Comment
Comments:

xwki is also in java, what's your thought? best regards, -sean

Posted by sean on October 18, 2007 at 07:50 PM MDT #

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