Power of Wiki

A peer of mine sent me a link from InformationWeek titled Wikis Make Collaboration Easier.

This article talks about the mainstream use of Wiki's as a tool for collaboration between the not so techny individuals. In fact, the success of blogrolls such as this is partially powered by a Wiki used to publish/edit content.

As many of my fellow Sun colleagues know, Wiki's have become very popular to collaborate and share content on many projects. In addition, I've started a couple of Wiki's for my kids soccer teams as well as my Homeowner Association. For those out there at support such groups and hate having to constantly update content for them, Wiki's might just be your answer.

My experience has been with the JSPWiki implementation. A Wiki engine built around J2EE components (Java, servlets, JSP). The work involved to download/install/use this Wiki was very minimal. The basic steps included:
  1. Setup a J2EE app server/servlet/JSP container (I used Apache Tomcat)
  2. Drop the JSPWiki distribution into the webapps directory (I called mine idmwiki)
  3. Edit the jspwiki.properties file defining custom directory location info
  4. Restart your app/web server
  5. Point your browser to your server install/app location and you've got yourself a Wiki
  6. Start building pages
Comments:

I've played around with JSPWiki too pretty nifty little program. Been trying to get my collegues on board the wiki-wagon. I think I need to take matters into my own hands - install it and start using it. The only thing I struggle with is organizing it for multiple projects.

Posted by David on September 03, 2005 at 11:07 AM CDT #

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