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Mediawiki: A LAMP Implementation

It's been seven months since a post, but at least I've stayed busy! I read Strunk and White for the first time, read 'Brave New World' for the second time, and yes, I've been working on furthering my understanding of LAMP by launching a site based on Mediawiki.

After a couple of nuances, like a strange error that prevented users from editing whole pages but allowed sections to be edited, I got the installation of Mediawiki 1.14.0 up and running on a Linux box using Apache as the webserver, MySQL as the db, and the latest PHP binary. After adding the UserEditPageProtection extension, upping the file upload size maximum, and disabling anonymous editing, the site is rolling along, and users are very happy with the medium. Its interface is as easy to use as this blog site, and the result is the familiar format of the Wiki which can be used to communicate ideas quickly, informally, and somewhat permanently in case others need a quick tutorial.

Up next, I suspect I'll share another LAMP implementation, but this time it's a custom PHP app that will probably incorporate elements of jQuery, Ajax, CSS, and other web elements. Stay tuned for rlog!

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