|I'm putting together a little Wiki clone at IBM Watson Research, which will be either just a personal toy (having just learned Perl socket stuff, I of course had to write an http server and a newsreader and a...), or will be a place for other IBMers who are into computer-mediated-communication stuff to talk about things.
I don't currently plan to use the WikiBase code as such, but I will take a copy and read it over for my own pleasure and for corrections to and ideas for my own Wiki implementation.
I think Wiki is just Way Cool... *8)
March 23, 1999
My implementation of a Wiki-style collaborative space is working very
It's only been tried out by half a dozen people so far, but they seem
to like it, and I will probably invite others in shortly for a sort of
informal task force.
My implementation differs from the WikiWikiWeb in at least the
- it's a dedicated (if primitive) HTTP server, rather than a CGI script; this eliminates the CGI overhead, and allows it to keep the entire database in memory, which speeds up general operation, and especially full-Wiki-search.
- It keeps RecentChanges in most-recent-first order *8) and has a cookie-based ?UnreadChanges facility so that you can tell what changes have happened since you last pushed the "update" button,
- It keeps a copy of every change made, and has a within-Wiki facility to access all the changes for any page,
- It has a Preview button on the editing page, so you can see how your raw text is going to be formatted before you Save,
- It doesn't consider tabs significant; list-lines just start with a star in column one,
- Most special pages like the edit-this-page page are first-class objects, and can be edited like any other page (I haven't fully implemented this, but intend to),
- It allows for the linkification of a name that's not in the usual WikiName format, by enclosing in double-square-brackets (just in case),
- It doesn't support nested lists, or non-UL lists, just because I'm lazy and I'm not sure they're needed,
- It's a really primitive HTTP server, and only supports one connection at a time; on the other hand, it's fast enough that that may be OK,
- No spelling checker yet