Details of my MSc proposal

In a few months I will begin “proper” work on the dissertation for a MSc with the Open University. Before starting I needed to choose a topic, so I chose Improved user interfaces for private family wikis. In order to claim this topic, I need to submit a proposal by filling in a form on …

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Recommended reading for a Wiki dissertation

After some deliberation, I have finally decided to apply for an MSc dissertation entitled “Improved user interfaces for private family wikis“. This is a pre-written proposal provided by the M801 course team at the Open University and naturally suggests some recommended reading. Despite the proposal being presented to distance students on-line it makes no significant …

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Small and Simple Web Applications – the Friki Way

A few years go I wrote a series of articles for The Java Ranch Journal entitled “Small and Simple Web Applications – the Friki Way”. The series showed an example of developing a very simple wiki (collaborative editable web site) in Java using Test-Driven Development (TDD) and a form of agile project management. From time …

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XWiki – An open source programmable Wiki

XWiki looks like a very interesting project. The main idea seems to be to provide a “platform” on which a Wiki is built as an example of the kinds of applications it suits. Extension and development is by in-page scripting (e.g. Velocity) and Java plugins which interact with a fundamental API and data model. I’m …

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Demo Friki currently out of action

I have just been informed by my hosting provider that they have had to disable the Java support on the server running the example Friki. Apparently this is due to too many applications from different users clogging up the stderr logs. I won’t be able to re-enable Friki until I have ensured that it does …

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