Synopses & Reviews
The success of Wikipedia has proven just how effective wikis can be for collaborative editing on a large scale—larger than anyone originally thought possible. This book shows you how to install, use, manage, and extend a wiki using MediaWiki—the wiki engine used to power Wikipedia.
As each chapter builds on previous ones, tasks involving wikis progress from simple to those of increasing complexity and evolve from theory to case study. You'll learn wiki terminology and how to create user accounts and new pages, use wiki links, and find your way around the wiki. Special focus is placed on how wikis are used in software and web development projects and how their capabilities ideally suit a specific environment and audience. You'll quickly come to discover why wikis are a valuable addition for any organization that wants to increase productivity using web-based collaboration tools.
What you will learn from this book
- When to use wikis instead of a more formal content management system
What to look for when evaluating wikis in order to avoid unexpected pitfalls
How to install MediaWiki using Apache, PHP, MySQL®, and other alternatives
How wikitext allows you to edit content from any web browser and create links to other wiki pages
Ways to comment on pages, move them, track changes, and syndicate wiki pages with RSS
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers, developers, information architects, designers, and content authors who are looking to use wikis to improve team productivity. Knowledge of HTML, XML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and PostgreSQL is necessary.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Professional Wikis explains how Wikis are emerging as the new means of content delivery and information sharing on the web. They have proven to be invaluable to web and application developers who employ them in collaborative development efforts. The book goes from the theory behind why wikis are successful and how user generated content delivers value to a business, to actual implementation. The book is rounded-out by advanced sections that cover scaling and social issues that are involved in real-world wiki management. It also explores the API of commercial wikis and integrating them with corporate infrastructure and expanding to application add-ons and database integration.
There are five major sections:
1. An introduction to Wikis and a description of how businesses and organizations are using them to improve collaboration.
2. The second section provides a look and WikiMedia from the user's perspective: a how-to-guide for using collaboration tools to collaborate effectively in particular for development projects.
3. The third section gets into the technical nuts and bolts of installing and supporting the applications.
4. The fourth section delves into design and information architecture issues. The technology behind Wikis is simple - the challenge comes when trying to support them within a larger content management environment. The section examines best practices for organizing your sites, and takes a look at Semantic MediaWiki, which is a new project from the Wikimedia foundation that has been started in an effort to address this problem, based upon their experience managing the mother-of-all-Wikis Wikipedia.
5. The finalsection rounds out the discussion by providing specific examples of how businesses and organizations have implemented Wikis, the challenges they've faced and the successes they've enjoyed.
This book shows you how to install, use, manage, and extend a wiki using MediaWiki—the wiki engine used to power Wikipedia. You’ll learn wiki terminology, how to create user accounts and new pages, and find your way around the wiki. Special focus is placed on how wikis are used in software and web development projects and how their capabilities ideally suit a specific environment and audience. You’ll quickly come to discover why wikis are a valuable addition for any organization that wants to increase productivity using web-based collaboration tools.
About the Author
Mark S. Choate (Washington, D.C.) is co-founder and CEO of The Choate Group, LLC, a research and communications consulting firm serving organizations in the areas of knowledge management, research methodology, funding strategies, and grant writing. He was the lead developer of The Choate Group’s Metawrite authoring tool, a cross-platform desktop wiki, and he consults with organizations seeking to implement weblog and wiki solutions. He is the former vice president of interactive media for The News & Observer. He lectures at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) graduate program where he teaches The Technology of News, which evaluates the impact of Internet technology on news dissemination.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Wikis atWork.
Chapter 2: InstallingMediaWiki.
Chapter 3: Getting Started withMediaWiki.
Chapter 4: Writing and Editing Content.
Chapter 5: Images and Files.
Chapter 6: Page Actions and Version Control.
Chapter 7: Information Architecture: Organizing Your Wiki.
Chapter 8: MagicWords, Templates, and Skins.
Chapter 9: Extensions.
Chapter 10: The MediaWiki API.
Chapter 11: Wiki Performance.