Item description for Wiki: Web Collaboration by G. Dueck Anja Ebersbach...
Wikis are Web-based applications that allow all users not only to view pages but also to change them. The recent success of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has drawn increasing attention from private users, small organizations and enterprises to the various possible uses of wikis.
Their simple structure and straightforward operation make them a serious alternative to expensive content management systems and also provide a basis for many applications in the area of collaborative work. We show the practical use of wikis in carrying out projects for users as well as for maintainers. This includes a step-by-step introduction to wiki philosophy, social effects and functions, a survey of their controls and components, and the installation and configuration of the wiki clones MediaWiki and TWiki. In order to exemplify the possibilities of the software, we use it as a project tool for planning a conference.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.63 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 2005
ISBN 3540259953 ISBN13 9783540259954
Reviews - What do customers think about Wiki: Web Collaboration?
Informative but not always detailed enough May 11, 2007
I manage a TWiki installation for a large media company and bought this book when I was first hired to get myself more familiar with the system. At first it wasn't very useful because it looks at very specific uses of TWiki. However, as I've begun to work with the system and create my own applications, it has been a very handy supplement to the somewhat skimpy documentation in TWiki itself. For example, the section on Search Strings revealed its value only at the point where I needed to learn more about regular expressions in order to create more complex content management tools. I also have found the included tools and full installation of TWiki to be of great use in providing me with a TWiki sandbox for experimentation. However, as someone with an extensive background in techncial writing, I sometimes find the information provided to be lacking in enough detail; the section on skins and templates, for example, is useful for describing the mechanics of FreeSkin and FlexibleSkin, but doesn't provide enough information on how to use or modify these skins, or the complexities of managing templates. If you are a TWiki admin, or someone interested in creating TWiki applications, I would recommend this as a useful supplement to the documenation included with TWiki.
Should be called - 20% Theory 30% Mediawiki and 50%Twiki Nov 28, 2006
I was expecting this book to be a guide on how to best design a Wiki for collaboration. Half the book is useless if you don't plan to use Twiki. With over 50 wiki's out there "what are the odds". I was very upset and returned the book. I felt ripped off for the price. If you are using Mediawiki, the first part of this book (Theory/Mediawiki) can easily be found on the internet.
learner's manual for MediaWiki and TWiki May 14, 2006
Wikis are an interesting experiment in collaborative effort on the Web. The best known example is of course Wikipedia. The authors cite this, but devote most of the text to explaining how to use MediaWiki and TWiki. Both have become popular for maintaining wikis, and are shown to be very easy to learn and use in a group effort.
Wikis have a notation all their own. But not too dissimilar to HTML, and just as easy to learn.
You can treat this book as a learner's manual for MediaWiki or TWiki. More generally, you might read it to see if your company or group should run its own Wiki, and the issues involved. The discussion is at a deeper technical level than elementary books on Wikis.