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LinuxWorld: X-oops, I Did It Again

Dec 13, 2002, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"One of my non-profit Web sites, VarLinux.org, ran on my modified version of the PHP-Nuke weblog package from the site's inception in March 2001 until late November 2002. I chose PHP-Nuke as a starting point because I was very impressed with it. However, the more I learned how to use PHP, the more I realized that PHP-Nuke was not only a tangled mess but that I had made it even worse with my modifications. A year later, I was faced with the fact that VarLinux.org was not only lame because it was based on PHP-Nuke, it was also showing its age. It lacked features of other weblogs, and still lacked many of the features I had intended to add to the site.

"If I were going to fix the code, the first thing I would do would be to make it an object-oriented system. I toyed with the idea of converting my code into OOP-based code, but I concluded that if the PHP-Nuke code base from which VarLinux.org began was at one time worth the effort to convert into an object-oriented system, I had mangled the code enough to make it a waste of time.

"So a few weeks ago, I decided that I would replace the mess that VarLinux.org had become. I stumbled upon two almost identical packages, X-oops and E-Xoops. Both are portals, which are expanded versions of weblogs. Both are use object-oriented PHP, hence the name X-oops: eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System. The additional 'E' in E-Xoops is supposed to stand for 'e-business...'"

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