Anton J Aylward
aja at si.on.ca
Fri Nov 9 14:23:47 EST 2007
Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself.
I'm Anton Aylward.
I've been using Wikis since 2000, installed my first in 2001 and became
involved in the TWiki project in 2002 and have installed a number of TWiki
Wikis since then.
TWiki is probably the most "5th generation" wiki out there, a complete set
of tools and application builder rather than just a "white board". It has
a number of ideas "done properly" that have crept half heartedly into other
However it has a number of very serious shortcomings that are best described
as "quick and dirty hacks to get a 'proof of concept' system up and running"
that have become key and immovable parts of its architecture. That and an
obsession with backward compatibility.
Its current revision is battling with matters that are no-brainers or
built-ins for Ruby or RoR.
As a result, I'm unhappy with it and looking for a new wiki.
Informl is still in its infancy but has great potential.
I'm going to post some follow-ups here with ideas that I'd like to discuss.
I don't want to hijack the agenda and I'm not that experienced with Ruby,
and I'm sure that while I can say "look see, that's a cool idea", other
minds than mine can say "well I can do it better/smaller/faster".
The emphasis should be on "why" we do a job - W. Edwards Deming
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