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After a short discussion yesterday about CMS's I remembered the history of my own web applications. Usually when talking about Wikis I am pretty convinced I have developed three - The first in perl around 2002, another in java in 2005 and my current wiki in 2008 with python. But this is actually not true.

There was another really basic wiki script which dates back to 2001 - developed in perl as well. It has no copyright comments and no timestamp whatsoever. Only the articles were timestamped, the oldest dating back to early 2001. It used flat files to store the articles, generated static html pages and was not really sophisticated. but it had the basic functionality of a wiki. Everyone could create new pages, edit old pages, preview page edits and they were instantly seen online on the website. This 120 line script would basically do



As you can see, it was a pretty sophisticated Wiki about Startrek knowledge :) Most articles were actually contributed by visitors, and not by myself. So the wiki concept was actually a success even back then.

Unfortunately I lost interest and hence the script got lost in one of many server migrations.

(Btw. My first usable program I remember has celebrated it's 10th birthday this year. It was a nice TCL script for eggdrop bots for a nice RPG game you can play on IRC channels (one channel representing one startrek space ship ;) ): http://yourhell.com/~kahless/scriptrpg.tcl *sniff* - so another three years and my programs are half the age of myself. this is getting weird. )
Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)

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