Earlier this week, I was happy to have the chance for Optaros to host a BostonPHP meeting again – we used to do so in the old Canal St. offices but hadn’t done so in a while – certainly not since moving to Milk St.
The topic was MediaWiki in production, with presentations by Greg Rundlett of Harvard’s Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC) and Daniel Barrett, who wrote the (O’Reilly) book on MediaWiki, and uses it in production at VistaPrint.
Greg’s presentation, appropriately enough, is in the format of a MediaWiki page. He provided an overview of wikis in general as well as some of the other activites of the MediaWiki Foundation, then got right into details of MedaWiki syntax, built in features, and plugins.
- It’s not about the technology
- Know the strengths and weaknesses of the platform
- Know the culture of the enterprise
- Pre-structure the wiki and write stubs
- Integrate with legacy systems
- Measure your results
There was also good time for Q & A at the end, including a number of questions that were as much about corporate culture as technology: how to handle “potentially dangerous” procedures, how to deal with employees who horde information in search of job security, and the like.
Looking forward to next month’s BostonPHP which will be Jesse Burns facilitating a “PHP IDE Bakeoff” – February 11th, 6:30 pm, at Optaros Boston (More detail on Meetup.com – please RSVP if you plan to attend).