2005.07.08 06:11 PM

FlexWiki Notes - Getting Started

I have to get some things out of the way before jumping into a series of posts on modifying FlexWiki.

FlexWiki is an open source project. As such, I realize it might make sense for me to submit my changes to the project for the benefit of everyone. There are a couple of reasons why I'm not doing that. 

First, I can't figure out how. I read about the SolidReleaseProject, the NewDeveloperCheckinProcess, which includes the definition of a ChangePacket, the DevelopersGuidelines and UnderstandingCVS, and even tried to figure out the whole SourceForge thing. And, with enough effort, I suppose I could probably figure it all out.  But, to be honest, I don't want to. It's daunting, and more than a little intimidating.  Especially when all I really want to do is code up some fixes and enhancements, not engage in a multi-layered open source project. In that respect, I'm probably what the FlexWiki DeveloperHome page describes as a ViewDeveloper:

These are people who want to grab the sources and be able to build, debug and modify FlexWiki but don't intend to check back in any changes.

Yes, I'm one of those people.

Second, I'm not sure anyone wants what I'm doing anyway. The FlexWiki community has their agenda, and I've got mine. And mine is simpler.

Another thing worth pointing out before getting started is that I am not a FlexWiki expert. It is not my intention to be a resource for information about installing, configuring, running, troubleshooting, or otherwise using FlexWiki. There are plenty of other places and people willing and able to provide that information. I'm just going to post about my experience with certain limited modifications to the FlexWiki interface and engine.

Okay. If you're still interested, get yourself a copy of the source for release 1.8.0.1677 and let's get started.


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