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David Heinemeier Hansson

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Instiki picks up and moves out (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Apr 21, 2004 12:36 PM
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Instiki is a instant-on wiki based on Ruby, Madeleine (Prevayler for Ruby), WEBrick, and rendering by Textile, Markdown, and RDoc. Yearh, I'm pimping it alright.
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Instiki is now in it's 0.7th release and already my default pick for any new content-oriented venture. It's used heavily in the study group to keep notes for our law class and write our bachelor's project (plans for a LaTeX-exporter is in the works). We've also installed it in Socialistisk Folkeparti for the internal side of our Social Software study (the external part is a weblog for member of parlement Margrete Auken).

On top of that, I'm running a wiki to collect knowledge on my new 3G phone from Motorola. A new commercial project I just started on uses it for requirements specifications. A friend of mine developing Mac shareware uses it to coordinate the development of their two projects. And of course Instiki itself is hosted on Instiki.

And it's apparently not just a mother's love, either. Russell wrote about wikis for intranet use yesterday and two different people immediatly jumped in to promote Instiki. Awesome!

So I thought it was about time for it to move out and onto its own domain: http://www.instiki.org/.


Matt Gerrans

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Re: Instiki picks up and moves out Posted: Apr 21, 2004 1:41 PM
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Looks nice! I only read your post, looked at the links it contained and fooled around a little in the sandbox, but I already like it better than most wikis I've seen.

Frank Mitchell

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Re: Instiki picks up and moves out Posted: Apr 24, 2004 12:34 AM
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I've been toying with Instiki for a little bit, and I have to agree it's pretty cool. So far, I've just been jotting notes on the personal programming projects I'll get to Real Soon Now, but I like how easy it is to install ('tar xzf ...'), run ("ruby instiki.rb"), and use. Good work.

A few suggestions:

* I know it's already in your TODO, but file upload would be nice. Images, especially, really perk up a page, and I'm too lazy to copy files manually.

* Does Instiki note which editing mode was used on each page? Recently I converted from Textile to Markdown, and I had to fix up a number of pages manually. (Extra cool would be to transcode the old markup to the prevailing style when a user edits the page.)

* In earlier versions, I entered some text that the markup engine didn't like, and as a result the page became unviewable. A little tool to roll back one change at a time would be helpful (cuz' hacking the *.command_log file in vi didn't work for me ...)

* As simple as Instiki is, a little more documentation, particularly a hacking guide, would be helpful.

Maybe one of those RSN projects should be to work on a patch for one or more of the above ...

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