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ISBN-13: 978-0596519797 ISBN-10: 0596519796 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Wikipedia and Beyond
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596519796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596519797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wikipedia and Beyond

About the Author

Daniel J. Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He is the author of O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide, and he is the coauthor of Linux Security Cookbook, and SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide.


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Thanks for looking at my books on Amazon. I've been writing about technical/computer topics since the early 1990s.

These days my interests focus on the intersection of technology and people. Great software isn't enough: you need to get people to use it, and use it efficiently and productively. Wikis are a great example, particularly in corporate environments.

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I found this book very helpful to me as a brand new mediawiki adminsitrator.
lib sysadmin
This book is for anyone who wants to read wikis, add material to a wiki, or install and run their own MediaWiki site.
calvinnme
This book is very well organized and written in easy to understand language for anyone technically minded.
Cindy Krueger

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is for anyone who wants to read wikis, add material to a wiki, or install and run their own MediaWiki site. Each type of user is granted their own section in this book. Part 1 of this book is dedicated to wiki readers, explaining how to navigate a MediaWiki site effectively. Part 2 is for authors, and discusses how to write and edit wiki articles, beginning with the basics and moving to more complex tasks. Part 3 is for administrators and programmers. It covers how to install and maintain a MediaWiki site, how to configure its many settings, and how to program its own features, called MediaWiki extensions. It's a pretty easy and well-organized read in the O'Reilly tradition of technical books. However, if you plan to write extensions, you'll need to know, at minimum, the PHP programming language. This book assumes you already know it. For anything complicated, you'll also need to become familiar with MediaWiki's PHP code - particularly its classes, constants, and global variables - and its database schema. The following is the table of contents, not yet available as part of the product information:

Part 1: Getting Started
Chapter 1. A First Look
Section 1.1. What's MediaWiki?
Section 1.2. A Typical Day on a MediaWiki Site
Section 1.3. When to Use MediaWiki
Section 1.4. When Not to Use MediaWiki
Section 1.5. Additional Resources
Chapter 2. Basic Use
Section 2.1. Quick Tour of a Wiki Page
Section 2.2. Articles
Section 2.3. Editing Primer
Section 2.4. Menu Reference
Section 2.5. Getting Help
Chapter 3. Your User Identity
Section 3.1. Creating an Account
Section 3.2. Logging In and Out
Section 3.3. User Pages
Section 3.4. Signatures
Section 3.5. Watchlists
Section 3.6.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on February 2, 2009
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This O'Reilly Technical Guide provides an excellent introduction and reference to the most popular and successful wiki software for a variety of audiences. Whether you are a newbie who wants to know how Wikipedia works, a site administrator hosting a corporate wiki, the author of an entry who wants to ensure optimal presentation and usability, or the software developer who needs to extend this technology; you will find reference material to meet your needs. Two minor nits, which may be a result of my personal predilections are: I could have used a top-down architectural summary to guide my understanding of the MediaWiki architecture, and would have liked more than a one page reference to Semantic MediaWiki an important extension of this technology. But in being a valuable reference to a wide range of audiences on how to use, administer and extend this technology--the only reference on the internals of this important technology; this book provides an invaluable service.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Krueger on December 27, 2008
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For someone who is just getting started with MediaWiki this is a good basic primer. Using this book I was able to answer many of the questions directed to the wiki development team. This book is very well organized and written in easy to understand language for anyone technically minded. It meets or exceeds expections of O'Reilly books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on January 18, 2013
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I'm quite technical, and normally I only buy books on complicated subjects that I'll refer to often. Otherwise I just print out the docs on my elderly laser printer. MediaWiki is certainly a complicated subject on a technical level, so I was (am) in the market for a reference book.

Regretably, this book isn't it.

If you are a newcomer who will be *using* a wiki, this could well be a good choice as a *user's* reference book. But if you, as I, will be setting up and managing one, and need to know the many technical details of security, system management, creating local mods, etc. in an easily-digestable form, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2013
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After years editing many other wikis online I recently created a private family wiki for genealogy, so I got this book (the Kindle version) and read it to fill in the gaps in my knowledge.

It did fill quite a few gaps. It was chock full of helpful information, and the parts covering things I already knew were still engaging enough to keep me from skipping ahead. I feel qualified now to answer novice editor's questions about how to do things.

The parts on CSS and PHP, etc began to feel over my head, though. Often there are several pages of coding you don't understand, nor understand what it is useful for. They assume you already know all this information - but people who have no administrator experience nor computer backgrounds often don't. (This is the only reason for the one-less-star) Still, seeing these parts showed me additional gaps I'll need to fill in before understanding those parts.

So yes. Good book, glad I bought it. Showed me I still have some work ahead of me, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Kelley Jr. on December 1, 2009
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Background: I'm as techie who for various reasons has avoided Wiki up until now. Now, I am told, get one running for a new project. So, after a serious amount of research, I purchased the MediaWiki book. I have not finished the book cover-to-cover, but thus far, I am finding it covers 80% of what I need. The 80% it covers has been enough to point me in the right direction for additional digging on-line for other documentation. As a starting point (after you have gotten past the actual installation of MediaWiki), it is a great resource. For what appears to be common configuration and usage, it is a great text. When it comes to fine-tuning configuration issues (say a mixed public and private configuration), it starts to run thin. When it comes to the messy issue of uploads, it does a pretty good job, but misses the mark slightly.
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