- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (March 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540761142
- ISBN-13: 978-1540761149
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MediaWiki software is the software that runs Wikipedia and associated sites. Due to its open source nature it can be downloaded and used by anyone who wishes to do so. I liken MediaWiki to a well made musical instrument that you can use to express yourself on the Internet through the flexible creation of multi-media content.
Obviously, a good instrument can be played badly, but if people put the time into mastering it, it can really help them express themselves with passion and clarity.
'Working with MediaWiki' is a master class specifically aimed at helping people get the most out of 'the instrument' that is MediaWiki software.
The author, Yaron Koren, has extensive experience contributing to and working with the internals of the software, as well as with developing and/or contributing to many extensions. The coverage of the book is comprehensive and the style is approachable and engaging. Yaron shows great skill in drawing on a depth of relevant knowledge without overwhelming the reader with too many details. He understands what its like to be a newcomer to the world of MediaWiki and guides readers along with a gentle hand.
MediaWiki is a very extensive suit of software, and while I'm not a computer programmer, I found the background information and explanations provided by the book extremely helpful to me in understanding how the different aspects of MediaWiki work together.
This updated second edition was published in March 2017 and is available in a standalone ePub version, an online html version, as well as in a hard-copy printed version. Chapter 1 and Chapters 3 to 7 are relevant to people who edit content on MediaWiki sites, including Wikipedia. While the rest of the book has material that could be relevant to such editors, it is more aimed at those who manage an instance of MediaWiki itself.
Overall I was very happy to come across this book last year, and have been referring to it constantly ever since. I can't think of any bad points to mention. It is a gem that will help people greatly in their journey with MediaWiki software.