Rick's Tiki Wiki Blog

Since my userpage has gotten a bit long, I've decided to start a tw.o blog to capture my tweaks. This blog is my attempt to combat the Tribal Knowledge Syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_knowledge) that too often plagues software development projects. Enjoy...and let me know what you think.
Published on Fri 25 Jan 2013 ricks99

I am pleased to announce that I have released an updated edition of the best-selling beginner's guide for Tiki! This edition, based on the the current Long Term Support (LTS) Tiki version and the popular Tiki for Smarties web site (http://tikiforsmarties.com) contains more than 375 pages of essential information for the Tiki beginner. It also includes extensive troubleshooting tips and hints to help you fix nearly any problem you might encounter while creating your Tiki web site.

If you're new to Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, this is the place to start! Learn how to install Tiki and configure its the most common features including the wiki, blog, forums, and galleries. You'll also learn how to leverage Tiki's powerful category and permissions systems for your site.

This new edition of Smarties should be making its way to all major retailers within two weeks. For now, this second edition is available on LuLu.com in both paperback and ebook (epub) format. I continue to offer a 20% discount on purchases through LuLu. Please visit http://tikiforsmarties.com/Books for more information

As before, this new edition is offered with no DRM or restrictive technologies and is published under a Creative Commons license.

And look for an updated edition of Tiki Essentials coming soon!

Published on Tue 13 Nov 2012 ricks99

I don't do much active Tiki development these days, but there are other ways that I've found to contribute to the Tiki Community (and you can, too!).

I spend a few hours each day checking the support forums and hanging out on IRC, trying my best to help folks. And while I (and others) will always do the best we can to help, there are many things that you, as the question-asker, can do to help yourself

Check the docs

Chances are, someone has encountered the same issue as you. And hopefully, they updated the docs. Be sure to check the Tiki FAQs and Tiki documentation before you post your question. Feel free to explore my Tiki for Dummies Smarties sites, too!

If you can, provide a link to a live example. It is much easier to test and diagnose your problem if we can see it in our own browsers. If your site is not publicly accessibly, try re-creating the problem on a demo site. Remember, the Tiki Community maintains a set of test sites (http://demo.tiki.org) that you can use!

Show us

A picture is worth a thousand words... many times it is much easier to explain your issue with a picture, illustration or screen shot. All registered tiki.org users can upload images and include them in form posts.

Include exact details

No one can read your mind. Posting questions such as "My site doesn't work correctly in Internet Explorer" is much to vague — no one will be able to help. Be sure to include as many details as possible about your setup including:

  • The exact Tiki version you're using
  • Your web server details
  • PHP and MySQL versions
  • If the issue is related to a specific browser, also include your operating system as well as browser version

What are you trying to accomplish?

Tiki is very powerful... but also very complex. New administrators are often unable to locate a specific Tiki feature... even though they know it is in there... somewhere. It is not always obvious which feature (or option) to use. Try asking your question without using Tiki lingo or referring to a specific feature. Explain what you expect to happen and what actually happened.

Following this advice will help me (and others) answer your questions!

Published on Wed 03 Oct 2012 ricks99
(wow... four months since my last post... guess I have been busy!)

Tiki for Smarties
The publication of Tiki for Smarties and Tiki Essentials was a major accomplishment for me and the Tiki Community. I've been especially pleased by hearing from the 100s of folks who have purchased my books and found them genuinely helpful! (I'm ignoring the one guy who asked for his money back... there's always one of "those people" in every bunch...)

I had hoped to release an update to both books that would coincide with the release of Tiki 9. As you can see, I'm several months behind! But have no fear, I'm diligently working on updating both books to reflect the Tiki 9 LTS version (remember, Tiki 9 will remain as LTS through 2015) and plan to have updated books and ebooks available before the end of the year.

Tiki Essentials
And here's your chance to get immortalized in print... If you found Smarties and Essentials helpful, I'd love to have a quote from you about it! I'll ask for permission to use your quote (along with your name and company or affiliation):
  • In the paperback and ebook versions
  • On the Tiki for Smarties website
  • Additional Smarties promotional material

In exchange, you'll get:

  • To be associated with the best-selling book for Tiki... of all time!
  • The opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, hard-cover version of Tiki for Dummies Smarties (at cost) with your quote on the dust jacket.
  • Ebook versions of the new Smarties and Essentials, when available.

Interested? Let me know...

Published on Tue 08 May 2012 ricks99

For the past week, I've been playing with Conduit's platform for creating mobile apps. It is nothing fancy, but it does cover my "Three Fs" of development:

  • Fast
  • Free
  • Flexible

It provides a quick and easy way to "get mobile." Basically, it works by syndicating website info to the app (which is available for all major patforms: iPhone/iPad, Android, Win-OS, Blackberry, etc.).

Of course, being the Tiki-affecinado that I am, I started building a Tiki mobile app. Here's a sneak peek:

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What do you think? Would you install it on your mobile device?

Published on Mon 02 Apr 2012 ricks99

Here's your chance to take a sneak peak at the next Tiki for Dummies ''Smarties ' publications...

Tiki for Smarties: The Series
Tiki for Smarties: The Series (http://tikiforsmarties.com)

If you want to help, let me know...

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