Midgard Weekly Summary for 18th of August, 2000 (#43)
Aug 18, 2000, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Pooley)
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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 13:26:53 -0500
From: Ken Pooley email@example.com
Subject: MWS for 18th of August, 2000 (#43)
This is an abbreviated version of the Midgard Weekly Summary.
There has been a lot of news since the last MWS including a
reorganization of the documentation efforts for Midgard. Ron Parker
did a great job in the keeping the news flowing at a crucial time
but his greater involvement with the profound rewriting of the
documentation for Midgard 1.4 has necessitated an editorial change
for MWS. I will be taking over the MWS for the near future and I am
more than happy to accept suggestions, help or contributions.
Next week the MWS should return to a full featured
Stable: 1.2.5 'Mad King'
Oracle: 1.2.5 Oracle 8i
1.4 is coming!
I.4b5 should be out soon after the release of this newsletter.
The subsequent turnover from b5 to a final version should come
fairly quickly by the end of September.
1.4 includes a number of new features as well a new
administrative interface. The new admin interface will, as with
previous versions, both implement and demonstrate the new features
in 1.4. Major new features in this release include Repligard, a
utility which facilitates the movement of data within the database
structure. 1.4 also includes the addition of a means, known as
CodeSnippets, by which code can be shared within an application or
1.4 also includes new security architecture called SiteGroups.
Previous security implementation tended to have some inefficient
elements though it was fundamentally secure. SiteGroups harden the
divisions between groups and allow for a more selective security
In general Midgard 1.4 increases the flexibility of the Midgard
application and its underlying data structure. This increased
flexibility will allow administrators, designers, and content
contributors to work more efficiently while still extending the
functionality of their site implementation.
2.0, Midgard: The Next Generation
Midgard 2.0 represents a significant rewrite of the core of the
application. The goals of this rewrite include expansion of the
available back-end databases available as well as a great deal more
flexibility in the data structure. In many ways Midgard 2.0
completes the process, started with 1.4, towards a dynamic,
flexible data and content management system. 2.0 also will be based
on an extensible code architecture, similar to Apache's Dynamically
Shared Object model, allowing third party developers to write their
own features in a modular form.
Currently there are still discussions which are pointed towards
arriving at a final requirements document before subsequent code
structures are begun. Emiliano Heynes is the primary keeper of the
2.0 effort and is open to input.
Midgard 2.0 should develop fairly rapidly given the community's
active participation in it as well as the support that Aurora, of
Paris, has committed to the project.
Contributions to the Midgard Directory
I would like to work on putting together a more comprehensive
list of sites that use Midgard in some form or other. There is a
list on the Midgard-Project.org website and it is a great resource
for the whole community. If you want to add your website let me
know and I will pass the information on and get it on the list.
In conjunction with this I would like ask for volunteers who
would be interested in being "interviewed" for a series of case
studies concerning their use of Midgard and what it brings to their
Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and
publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It
is an Open Source development project, giving you the freedom to
create your solutions in an open environment. Midgard is the tool
for creating, modifying and maintaining dynamic database-enabled
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