Wiki Wiki means “fast” in Hawaiian. This is appropriate since Wikis are very fast to edit. Once you are logged in, every page has an “Edit” link that allows you to edit that page. This is much easier than the old way of changing a web site which required you to start up FrontPage or another web editing program, find the page you want to edit, make the changes, then upload them to the web site. I find that using a Wiki, even if I have just a few minutes, sometimes I will update a page or fix a spelling error where under the old method, I would never do this.
I first turned the “TriCities Baseball;:http://www.tricitiesbaseball.org site into a Wiki before doing the same to this site.
I needed to enhance Instiki so that Ruby on Rails ERB code could be inserted in a wiki page too. This was useful to be able to pull a schedule, like the Giant’s schedule from the database and show it in a wiki page. And anyone with an editor role can edit or add events right from that page.
The command to do this is:
<%= schedule :level => 'Minors', :team => 'Giants' %>
But of course, that still wasn’t enough, so I added the ability to show a Google map on a page with the command like:
<%= map :center => "-122.02016830444336, 37.31850270698815" %>
Other things we can do with Ruby ERB code in a wiki page are:
The formatting of the pages is done using Textile, which makes it easy to create nice looking pages without having to remember all the HTML codes.
Now, this doesn’t seem like a whole lot and certainly doesn’t seem like it should have taken four months. But I had some challenges along the way:
Here are some web sites that I have built using MaxWiki: