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MediaWiki (Wikipedia and Beyond)

Daniel Barrett
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-0-596-51979-7
374 pages
£ 30.99
Published: 30th October 2008
reviewed by Sam Smith
   in the June 2009 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

This book is one of those that you either need or don't need. If you don't do anything with wikis, or you have something already which meets all your needs, then other than a little light reading, there's not much in here for you.

On the other hand, if you think that communal editing of documents might be useful, or you're looking at a using (or changing) a wiki platform, then the book has enough useful and detailed content to be worth the money. MediaWiki is one of the heavyweights in the wiki software world, with an international userbase and many features both in usability and scalability. Being written by the folks at wikipedia helps, and also has high quality, detailed online documentation.

While much of the material is in places on the web, it's well put together for someone who isn't a MediaWiki expert, and doesn't quite know what they're looking for, but is aware of that it can probably do something like that, but not sure where to start looking.

This book isn't the Definitive Guide to Everything Ever about MediaWiki, and doesn't try to be. It covers the material it covers well, and is very useful to its target audience.

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