It is often claimed that only a few developers moved from TWiki to Foswiki, therefore the first article will look at who are/were active core developers of both projects.
Number of core developers
The analysis focus on core development of both projects, as this is a major indicator for the health of a software project. This is because you need a lot more knowledge and background for developing the core product than for writing an extension with a clearly defined API.
"We have healthy downloads, an active user community, and a very active support community. However, we are a smaller developer community than we used to be."
Source: Blog post by Peter Thoeny (Twiki.net) – 11 Nov 2009
Developers of TWiki and Foswiki
New to core development
2 Core Contributers
32 Core Contributers
Look at the list of developers contributed to the core of both projects since the commercial takeover of Twiki.net. The TWiki.org development community has dropped to almost nothing – only Peter and his employee Sopan is left. Whereby all other TWiki.org core developers moved to Foswiki.org. Together with new developers, Foswiki has almost doubled its core contributors!
Number of core contributors
before commercial takeover
of TWiki.org (2008-10-27)
one year later (2009-10-27)
Yes, lots of users still download the old TWiki code as they don´t know about Foswiki and its progress. Our marketing was very bad as we are better in concentrating on improvements than in talk about it. Sadly even most of our old TWiki user community don´t know about Foswiki and may wonder why there is no progress on TWiki.org.
As the analysis is based on open source, you can easily check the correctness of the data by yourself. For the first analyzation I used the following sources:
One year after the commercial take over of TWiki.org its time look how TWiki and its successor Foswiki performed. A small blog series will cover facts and give you insight into the development status of both projects.
As a Wiki consultancy we regulary got asked about different projects and how good they are. In case of TWiki.org and Foswiki.org customers are very irritated and cannot see the difference. The fact that Foswiki is based on TWiki, but got developed much further within the last year is not obvious to most users. Contrary to the fact that Foswiki is the superior product, TWiki still has the better recognition marketing wise.
In order to help our customers getting an insight into the development of both projects I will do an analysis and compile the results in an understandable way. The results will be published in a small series of articles.
The first analysis will be based on core development of both projects, as this is a major indicator for the health of a software project. This is because you need a lot more knowledge and background for developing the core product than for writing an extension with a clearly defined API.
As the analysis will be based on open source, you can easily check the correctness of the data by yourself. For the first analyzation I will use the following sources:
TWiki.org SVN trunk/core
Foswiki.org SVN trunk/core
Stay tuned and see how Foswiki and TWiki developed over the past year.
The new WebDAV plugin provides direct access to files stored within the Wiki for desktop applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
KontextWork and C-Dot Consultants have worked together to create the WebDAVContrib, a brand new Web DAV implementation for Foswiki and Apache 2.
Web DAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a set of extensions to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that allows users to edit and manage files collaboratively on remote World Wide Web servers.
The new Web DAV module maps Foswiki content – webs, topics and attachments – to a directory structure, and exports it using the Web DAV protocol. It allows users to work with Foswiki content using the tools they are most familiar with, without compromising on Foswiki features. For example attachments can be opened, manipulated and saved right within desktop applications such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop (and many more). Wiki webs can be opened in file browsers such as Windows Explorer, and wiki topics can be edited using many different text editors.
The new plugin is a completely new Perl implementation of Web DAV, written specifically for Apache 2, and has been extensively tested using the standard litmus tests. It works over HTTP and secure HTTPS, fully respects Foswiki permissions, and can be used with all standard Apache authentication methods. A version for TWiki is also available.
The WebDAVContrib is currently undergoing final pre-release testing. Contact Andre Ulrich for availability and pricing.
Andre Ulrich is knowlege management expert at the Wiki specialist KontextWork. For more than 8 years he introduces wikis in business environments and give presentations and workshops on Web 2.0. At KontextWork he developes collaborative wiki solutions based on Foswiki, TWiki and MediaWiki.
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