RefactorWiki - 0.2RefactorWiki is a Java-component and accompanying J2EE-webmodule to rename (move) pages and their respective links within a Wiki.
Currently the following Php-MySql-based Wiki-engines are supported: WackoWiki v4, WikkaWiki v18.104.22.168.
IntroductionThe ability to refactor knowledge in a Wiki bridges the gap between the flexibility offered by a Wiki, where the structure will get messy over time and the inflexible hierarchical structure offered by a traditional CMS. The combination of a Wiki with a Refactor-component allows ideas to be quickly captured in pages and the knowledge to be 'reshaped' as users are learning more about a problem domain, its environment and challenges.
Current features (v0.2)
- Move pages and page clusters (for Wacko4) in the Wiki's namespace
- Validates target-page does not overwrite existing page
- Dynamic Hibernate-mapping to ease use of non-standard prefixed tables
- Component can be called from commandline or from a web-page (links to the application if you're viewing this page from your installed RefactorWikiWeb-0.2.war)
- JUnit-tested codebase (add your own to test more complicated content-refactorings)
Potential future features
- Support for more Wiki-engines
- Allow Wiki-content to be copied from one engine to another
- A workflow engine requesting key-user/page-owner permission for a refactor-action
Downloading and installation instructionsAfter downloading the source or binary, please see the installation instructions.
Component applicabilityThe following is Work in Progress and Open for Discussion.
As is argued on Why Wiki Works, a common sense of responsibility is important to get and keep users involved in a process of collaborative knowledge contribution. Since the RefactorWiki-component (currently) restructures pages regardless of the page contributor's consent, its applicability is probably limited to situations which meet the following characteristics:
- Knowledge Consistency adds value to the domain, as is realized by all contributors
- The contributors are a part of a Closed User Group
- Every participant is made aware of the fact that information is re-structured from time to time
- A vision regarding the emerging structure of the knowledge is quickly captured and adopted by some user with seniority in the group
Licensing and acknowledgements
LicensingRefactorWiki is released under the General Public License (GPL).
Please see the licensing-information from the respective copyright holders of the used components, as supplied with the source and binary releases.
AcknowledgementsThis component would not have been possible without help of the following people and components:
- Roman 'Kukutz' Ivanov, lead developer of WackoWiki
- Jason Tourtelotte, developer of WikkaWiki
- Hibernate for flexible OR-mapping
- Eclipse, an excellent IDE
- Jakarta-Commons, a fine set of components
- Struts, which makes J2EE Web-development easier
- And of course, Java itself; true Lego for the mind...
Contact detailsFeel free to contact Mark Hissink Muller for questions, suggestions or remarks (remove the SPAM-decoy.).
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