"A good book! It's a nice overview of wiki editing and administration, with pointers to handy extensions and further online documentation."
-Brion Vibber, Chief Technical Officer, Wikimedia Foundation
"This book is filled with practical knowledge based on experience. It's not just spouting some party line."
-Rob Church, a developer of MediaWiki
MediaWiki is the world's most popular wiki platform, the software that runs Wikipedia and thousands of other websites. Though it appears simple to use at first glance, MediaWiki has extraordinarily powerful and deep capabilities for managing and organizing knowledge. In corporate environments, MediaWiki can transform the way teams write and collaborate.
This comprehensive book covers MediaWiki's rich (and sometimes subtle) features, helping you become a wiki expert in no time. You'll learn how to:
Find your way around by effective searching and browsing
Create and edit articles, categories, and user preferences
Use advanced features for authors, such as templates, dynamic lists, logical parser functions, and RSS, to organize and maintain large numbers of articles
Install and run your own wiki, and configure its look and behavior
Develop custom wiki features, called extensions, with the PHP programming language and MySQL database
This book also provides special guidance for creating successful corporate wikis. For beginners who want to create or work on collaborative, community-driven websites with this platform, MediaWiki is the essential one-stop guide.
"I was a MediaWiki newbie before reading this book. Now, many aspects of the platform that were murky before are crystal clear."
-JP Vossen, author of O'Reilly's Bash Cookbook
Chapter 1 A First Look
What’s MediaWiki? MediaWiki
A Typical Day on a MediaWiki Site
When to Use MediaWiki MediaWiki strengths
When Not to Use MediaWiki MediaWiki limitations
Additional Resources help
Chapter 2 Basic Use
Quick Tour of a Wiki Page
Editing Primer editing
Menu Reference menus menus by name
Getting Help help
Chapter 3 Your User Identity
Creating an Account creating accounts users creating
Logging In and Out logging in
User Pages user page
Signatures signatures users signatures
Tracking Your Contributions contributions
Writing and Editing Articles
Chapter 4 Editing Articles
Getting Started with Editing editing introduction to
Creating an Article articles creating creating articles
Paragraphs and Headings paragraphs wikitext paragraphs
Typestyles and Fonts wikitext fonts wikitext typestyles typestyles fonts
Links (Briefly) links
Images and Uploaded Files uploaded files
Lists lists wikitext lists
Tables tables wikitext wikitext tables
Mathematical Formulas mathematical formulas wikitext math
Escaping Wikitext with <nowiki> escaping wikitext nowiki tag wikitext nowiki wikitext escaping
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.
The animals on the cover of MediaWiki are mimic butterflies. Several speciesof butterflies mimic other butterflies to protect themselves from predators orto gain an advantage over other insects.
Mimic butterflies often employ two types of mimicry: nonpoisonous (Batesianmimicry) and poisonous (M llerian mimicry). Because predators will becomesick (or, in some cases, die) after eating a poisonous insect, nonpoisonousbutterflies benefit from mimicking their poisonous look-alikes. However, anadvantage of poisonous mimicry is that fewer overall insects die as predatorsbecome skilled at avoiding both poisonous species.
For instance, the Ash Borer (Podosesia syringae) has markings that look strikingly like those of the paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus). As such, potential predators steer clear from the Ash Borer for fear of being stung, even though the butterfly has no ability to sting. The Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is perhaps doubly protected, as it is poisonous, just like its twin, the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
Some would also call the mimic butterfly a trickster. As a caterpillar, the Bluebutterfly (Everes comyntas) will secrete skin molecules that are nearly identical to those of the fire ant. After secretion, an adult fire ant will usually find the butterfly and "adopt" it, bringing the larva back to its home, where it feeds thecaterpillar until it is able to turn into a butterfly. The Blue butterfly repays theant's kindness by eating the majority of its available food and also by devouringthe ant's young.
The cover image is is from Lydekker's Library of Natural History. The coverfont is Adobe ITC Garamond. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSansMonoCondensed.
The first to book to read while starting your wiki. Great information on getting the wiki stood up for it to be useful at start. This book is so useful, I believe that every wiki forum should have a link to O'Reilly to get his book. Every time I stand up a wiki for work, I scribble the extra notes into this book to make it even more concise as the wiki flavors change. Thank You for a nice reference, "how-to", and build guide for wiki work.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I setup a small Wiki for a small group and it didn't take long before I was getting spam faster then I could clean it out. I picked up this book to look for a solution. Before I had a chance to look at it my wife asked me to go take care of something for her, so I tossed her the book and asked her to find a way to prevent anonymous users from leaving spam.
I love my wife, but she is not very technical and I didn't really expect her to find a solution, but thought it was amusing to leave that task for her. Before I left the room she had found the solution and told me what I need to do to fix it. I almost didn't believe here, but sure enough it had exactly what I needed and spelled out exactly how to do it.
I made the change when I got back and it worked like a charm. I really don't know what else I could look for in a book: Easy to find what I needed and exact details on how to do it.