Monday, January 03, 2005

InfoWorld: Year of the enterprise Wiki: December 30, 2004: By Jon Udell

InfoWorld: Year of the enterprise Wiki: December 30, 2004: By Jon Udell: "Ward Cunningman created the first Wiki site in 1995 to collaborate with a band of like-minded programmers on the elucidation of common software patterns. That work continues today at Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles), where he works in the patterns and practices group. Meanwhile, the Wiki concept -- a Web site that every reader can also write and edit --has flourished beyond all expectations.
Flexible, direct, lightweight, and requiring only a Web browser to use, Wikis suit a wide range of applications. There are Wiki implementations for a dozen programming languages and content management systems. Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclo-pedia project that began in 2001, reached critical mass in 2004. Wikipedia milestones this year included the millionth article, the 30,000th contributor, and an explosion of press coverage."

More timely insights from Jon Udell. I also admire the use of "Infoworld screencasts" -- very powerful multimedia via Flash. Jon is apparently using the Blue Pacific tools for this; I hope to start capturing similar demos/interactions with Macromedia's new Captivate product. I'm also very impressed with JotSpot, the subject of the screencast/demo/discussion. Finally, note that Jon rates Groove 3.0: "Full-featured peer-to-peer app is still the leader in shared workspaces."
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