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Slash is the open source software system that drives the hugely popular Slashdot web site and many others. Slash implements the kind of web site that has come to be called a "weblog": a moderated list, in reverse chronological order, of timely items with links to further discussion on-site, or to further information off-site. Essentially, a weblog is a cooperatively authored daily newspaper for some defined community on the net.
Slash has spawned several imitators. The existence of so many different systems for operating a weblog site demonstrates that there are many people and groups on the net who want to run their own online community newspapers. Slash is based on open source technologies (Perl, Apache, and MySQL), and it makes use of open protocols (XML and RDF) for exchanging headlines with other sites.
Anyone who wants to get a weblog site up and running will want to read this book, particularly system administrators who may not have the time or the background to learn all about Slash by reading the source code. Content managers of Slash sites who want to be able to use the system more effectively will also benefit from this book, which organizes the knowledge currently distributed throughout the Slash source code, Slashcode web site, and mailing lists, and provides it in an organized package.
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About the Author
Brian "Krow" Aker has spent the last decade working on projects to promote communities, information, and publishing in the digital world. He has worked on the Virtual Hospital and has built data warehouses for groups like the Army Core of Engineers. He currently works as the "database thug and Apache guy" for OSDN on the website system that makes slashdot.org tick and is an instructor in the Perl Certification Course at the University Of Washington. For kicks, he writes oddball Apache, MySQL and Perl modules. Since he prefers rain and storms over most any type of weather, he lives in Seattle, Washington.
Dave Krieger is a software developer and security consultant who has been working in the Internet industry since 1992 and developing for the web since 1995; his clients have included Apple Computer, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, Palm Computing, Dow Jones, and Synopsys. He co-founded Agorics, Inc., a software development consultancy, in 1993. Dave was the scientific technical consultant to TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation for the 1989-91 seasons, while still a graduate student at UCLA. He lives in the San Francisco bay area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
O'Reilly books are more like quarterly trade magazines that one reads in order to keep on top of the state of the computing world, so it's excellent to see this book documenting the Slash software. While there are now many weblogs, and many free weblogs, the stability and configurability of this app separates it from the blog-scene-devoted custom apps. There's plenty of candy-plastic-colored "good feelings" ware that functions adequately for what the majority will do with it, but is awkward in any more complicated use. Slash is a step above and is made very simple and direct, with extra information for those who need context, and should be useful to the bulk of its audience.