Created by: btodoroff, Last modification: 01 Jul 2008 (13:37 UTC) by spiderr

How did bitweaver come about?

In the beginning, back in late 2003, spider created a branch of TikiWiki that mose (TikiWiki lead developer) dubbed "spidercore". In the spidercore experiment, spiderr got phpBB to embed naturally inside of TikiWiki 1.8. The entire structure of bitweaver has been changed and all of the original TikiWiki libraries have been broken up. This means that bitweaver is leaner, faster, and makes far fewer database calls than ever.

bitweaver Construction

Projects that are underway with bitweaver. If you are interested in contributing to any of these project please contact the person listed, or drop by IRC.

Last Updated
YellowpagesPackage wjames5, lugie 22-FEB-2007 In Development A rich listings and web directory package.
GmapPackage wjames5 09-DEC-2005 In Development Google maps for bitweaver. Almost usable but some schema changes still happening.
bitcommercePackage /spider 28-FEB-2007 Beta full-featured, tightly integrated eCommerce system for bitweaver
TreasuryPackage /xing 01-MAR-2007 Beta flexible and pluggable file gallery.
LibertyForms - SDLC lsces, wolffy, jht, xing 16-JUL-2005 Planning A developers tool for Rapid Application Development of forms based packages

You can download one of our latest weekly builds from weekly build or the release version from SourceForge.

So where is bitweaver going and how are we going to get there?

These are the current major release plans. They are not set is stone and we welcome your comments, ideas, or requests. We are very open to new feaures here at bitweaver.
See ReleaseProcess for how releases are handled and which branch is currently in which state.

bitweaverThree: Code name "Earp"

Planning stages.

bitweaverTwo: Code name "Dillinger" Active Version

Released May 3, 2008
A huge step forward, the entire database and CSS schemas were cleansed and made consistent withing packages and across packages. LibertyServices were added to greatly enhance the power of packages to interact with each other. See also New for R2

bitweaverOne: Code name "Clyde"

Released July 6, 2005
At this point the modular structure of bitweaver has been established an we are focused on even more speed and performance. The database schema has significantly diverged from Tiki 1.8 with two important criteria - immutable foreign keys ( `user` column -> `user_id` ). Also interfaces to the bitweaver core are in inplace, and we greatly encourage the development of drop in bitweaverPackages. We also worked on gutting the html templates to make the XHTML 1.0 strict.

bitweaverZero: Code name "Bonnie"

Released July 19, 2004
Bonnie Parker may have been deadly but she could also be a sweetheart. In a few months, came along the "BONNIE" release in May of 2004. We put a lot of effort into Bonnie and she was sweet. The key architectural changes were to simply move the tikiwiki code from its single-directory organization (300+ files in the root) to a more natural grouping of files by their feature type.The code will be adapted to support a more modular architecture. This will be based on the spidercore developed by spiderr.

The combination of modularity and accessibility will be the major features for the second release.

bitweaverNull: Code name "Al"__

Released April 2, 2004
The "AL" release, named after Al Capone, was the first release of bitweaver. In many ways, Al Capone was released as a Proof Of Concept release. It allowed us to show that the ideas behind bitweaver were worthwhile and worth doing. The real Al Capone was always in a hurry - and this release was accomplished in a hurry. The only major advance made in Al Capone was database prefixing. This feature, which happens during installation, allows a site to host multiple bitweaver sites in a single database. This brief release was only used for the website and not much else.

Obviously our code naming convention follows famous outlaws and criminals:
  • ReleaseFour: Code name "Floyd"
  • ReleaseFive: Code name "Gambino"
  • ReleaseSix: Code name "Henry"
  • ReleaseSeven: Code name "Ice-T"
  • ReleaseEight: Code name "Jesse"
  • ReleaseNight: Code name "Kelly"


Whats new and whats included

by kinderlehrer, 30 Sep 2008 (07:41 UTC)
It would seem that various packages, that in previous versions are optional extras, get included in a subsequent new release.

Is there any way to document what these 'includes' (or replacements) are?

Also is there a way to let users know when the last update to a package was made along with which BW version it was originally written for (ie so they can have some way of telling if it is being maintained.)?


Is development stale or is this page outdated ?

by Tochinet, 04 Jun 2010 (07:40 UTC)
I'm pretty sure that this page far from reflects the development of bitweaver. However, it was not updated for at least 2 years, and the packages noted here are either more advanced than shown here or staled. I'd recommend to update this page with ne releases info, but to remove the table with packages, that is surely not representative of the current status. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with bw to do that in the proper way.
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