TWiki-6.0.2 is released, shipped through the virtual door! This is a patch release that brings some usability enhancements, such as easier installation, and strengthens TWiki as an application platform. The release also fixes a number of bugs, including SecurityAlert-CVE-2014-9325 and SecurityAlert-CVE-2014-9367.
"Peter Thoeny's concept of the structured wiki has been successful in a variety of environments, most prominently Google, but many others as well. Structured wikis add data in records and grids to be added the shared pages at the foundation of a wiki. This approach, developed to its fullest extent in Twiki, the open-source project Thoeny founded, allows users to take an unstructured data first approach and add structured data as needed." ~ Dan Woods, Forbes.com
The new release can be downloaded from TWiki.org and SourceForge.net. The TWiki-VM has not yet been updated.
TWiki's user base consists of millions of users on tens of thousands of installations in over 130 countries, backed by an open source community of hundreds of contributors and 68,000 twiki.org users.
The TWiki community worked hard on this release. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this release. Special kudos to Hideyo Imazu and Morgan Stanley team for making the open source TWiki scalable to very large deployments! In all, 99 people are listed in the Jerusalem Hall of Fame. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!
Here are a few feature highlights:
Responsive Multi-Column Page Layout:
Responsive multi-column page layout has been added using CSS. For example, enclose text in %TWOCOLUMNS%...%ENDCOLUMNS% variables for a two columns layout. This automatically reverts back to a single column on devices with smaller screens - try it out here by resizing the window width. In a similar way, three columns and four columns are supported.
The blog post Responsive Multi-Column Page Layout using CSS has the details and examples. New variables introduced in TWiki-6.0.2 are VarTWOCOLUMNS, VarTHREECOLUMNS, VarFOURCOLUMNS, and VarENDCOLUMNS.
Search Attachments in a Web:
Each web has now a new WebSearchAttachments topic to search attachments.
To retrofit existing webs after a TWiki upgrade, copy the WebSearchAttachments topic from the _default web to your existing webs.
Easier TWiki installation with Pre-installed CGI Module:
Newer Linux distributions do not contain the CPAN:CGI module, and if it does, it may have incompatible changes. The newer CGI module is a moving target. TWiki now includes a suitable CGI module to make the TWiki installation easier.
Improved TWiki Application Platform:
TWiki-6.0 has many feature enhancements that make the Structured Wiki aspect of TWiki more accessible to your user base. The blog post How to Create a TWiki Application is a tutorial to get started. It has been updated with some of the TWiki-6.0 specific features.
For example, TWiki Forms are now auto-detected. You no longer need to declare them in a WEBFORMS setting in the WebPreferences. The form selection has been moved from the edit screen into the "more topic actions" screen to reduce the odds of a user accidentally adding/changing/removing a form.
It is now much easier to create custom forms by using the new EDITFORMFIELD variable.
The SpreadSheetPlugin has been enhanced and now offers 123 functions. The latest addition is support for list (array) variables. Noteworthy is also the support for hash variables, which you can use to store data structures for use in reports. For example, in a formatted search that queries a contact database, you can temporarily store the name, title, address and phone of contacts in hash variables, and then display the data in any format to want. A single search to retrieve and store content performs much better than multiple formatted searches.
Want to create applications with social media features? TWiki has now a number of User Reports available to show user data in various formats.
The pre-installed SetGetPlugin now supports JSON objects. You can SET e.g. save a JSON object, then GET the object, or part of an object with a JSON path. This brings flexibility and power to TWiki applications. Get the details in blog post Setting and Getting JSON Objects using JSON Path.
We also created a number of new plugins to support you when you create TWiki applications. For example, install the new IfThenActionPlugin to automate your workflows with conditional actions. Get an overview in blog post Automate Workflows with If-Then-Actions.
These are just a few of the features that make TWiki a better application platform.
More Feature Highlights of TWiki-6.0.0, TWiki-6.0.1 and TWiki-6.0.2:
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