I don't actually know much about how a wiki should function either but it
sounds good!

The project source will itself also be a good thing for beginners to study
in addition to the app example I think.

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM, Alexander Burger <a...@software-lab.de>wrote:

> Hi all,
> ok, here's my first attempt for the wiki basics. I don't know if I'm on
> the right track, so please anybody with experiences in wiki usage give
> your comments.
> The E/R sources can be seen at "http://picolisp.com/5000/@src?er.l";.
> Currently, there are just two subsystems: Role/Users and Content. The
> User will probably need to be extended in the future with further
> attributes. Currently we have name, email and picture.
> Content consists of Categories, Threads, Documents, and Markup Text.
> Categories will be things like "Forum", "Articles/Essays", "News", etc.
> Each category may have many threads, and a thread consists of a number
> of documents.
> Initially, I was tempted to put the markup text of a document simply
> into a blob. But I think the current version, where we have a separate
> "markup" object holding a list of strings, has several advantages:
> - It is faster, because a blob is a separate file that needs to be
>  opened and closed.
> - It saves space, as it allocates (and grows by) the DB block size of
>  that class (currently 1024 bytes), while a blob file needs an inode
>  entry and uses larger block sizes (disk blocks, 8k?).
> - It is not a flat text, but a (+List +String) relation. So it has a
>  certain structure which may be handy in further processing. Each
>  string could be a line, or a paragraph, for example.
> Each markup object has a joint to the previous version. This is to
> maintain an edit history. Each version has user, date and time, and is
> also searchable by these attributes.
> Do these structures make sense? And if so, what else is needed?
> As before, this system is running at "http://wiki.picolisp.com";. You can
> log in as "admin" / "admin".
> The Content stuff still has no GUI (perhaps after the weekend). The
> Roles and Users are functional so far. Everybody is invited to create
> his own login account, add a photo, etc.!
> Cheers,
> - Alex
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