Blog posts tagged "opensource"

bbPress vs. Vanilla?

February 6th, 2006

I’m not really a web forums type guy, but the light weight interfaces of bbPress and Vanilla do a lot to redeem the medium. Anyone got a preference from using them?

Also anyone have a mbox import script for importing old list traffic?

Part of the very slow, long running process of re-launching the Magpie site, and breaking my Sourceforge dependency.

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Pirate Testing (Because Only Ninjas Write Unit Tests)

January 30th, 2006

I’ve got a new favorite development technique, “pirate testing”. I’ve used it on 3 recent projects, and it rocks.

And while Sam might have meant it literally, I’ve found it perfectly describes the practice of shanghaiing another tool’s test suite to given your own TDD a jump start.

(n.b.: May be harder in languages which don’t allow reopening of classes. aka monkey patching)

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PHP Wiki Experience?

November 21st, 2005

Thought I’d check to see if anyone has any experience with the PHP wiki offerings, especially DokuWiki, or PmWiki?

I’m looking for something suitable for building out a FAQ, and docs site for Magpie. I’m disinclined towards MediaWiki because I’ve found Kwiki’s approach of using the filesystem for data storage a plus, and because I don’t anticipate a need for MathML support, or other such esoterica.

Currently leaning towards DokuWiki partially on the suggestive nature of the name (sounds like “documentation”), and partially on Harry’s 2004 SitePoint review. Possibly supplemented by Bamboo, which is a lot like a Hieraki for PHP.

Praise, disagreement, experiences, resources?

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Opensource Usability

October 29th, 2005

Cleaning out the notebook tonight, I found this pithy summation of the tension between usability and open source.

Opensource’s central dogma is “scratch your own itch”, usability’s central dogma is “you are not your own user.”

Bam, loggerheads.

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