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Collaboration with other projects

This is information to help the Tiki community and other software communities to collaborate better together. Typically:

  • software libraries that are
    • included in Tiki
    • or available via Packages
  • or projects or online services with a certain level of interoperability with Tiki, via the WikiSuite project or otherwise.

Tiki is different

1st thing to know: Tiki is different. Yes really. So what you know from collaborating with other projects perhaps doesn't apply the same way. Each project is different, but Tiki is in a class of its own. :-) Tiki is the Free / Libre / open Source with the most built-in features. So it's a huge project. But in fact, more than half the code in Tiki comes from upstream. Just one more reason why we should also collaborate efficiently :-)

Converging on one solution

To avoid https://pluginproblems.com/ and to offer better integration, security and performance, Tiki avoids feature and code duplication. And as such, only one library will be picked (as with anything, there can exceptions but this is the general principle). Our goal is that all features are built-in but optional. As such, before we commit to working with a library or project, there is an extensive analysis of all the options. We want to avoid having to change later on. Think: measure twice and cut once. An example of this is the selection of a new slideshow framework in Tiki19. There was a thoughtful discussion, which included taking into account project stats. These are the general criteria for picking projects: https://wikisuite.org/Component-criteria

Release schedule

  • Tiki has a time-based, "Release early, Release often" approach with Long Term Support (LTS) versions, to balance the needs of stability and innovation. Please see: Versions. If possible, please take this into account in your development plans. The ideal scenario is that you release major versions the month before we do. We encourage you to think of the concept of Long Term Support (LTS) versions for your project.

Roadmap coordination

  • When planning major changes or code inclusions, let's coordinate. For example, if you need to include a software library, please look at https://sourceforge.net/p/tikiwiki/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/vendor_bundled/composer.json. Using the same code will make it easier to help each other, and develop a tight integration. If you find something better, please let us know what and why. This analysis is priceless. We want to know if we are missing out on innovations, and see if we can work with the current library to see if they can be extended this way.

Delivery mechanism

  • We use Composer and Packagist. This is the ideal to include code in Tiki, but also in any other PHP project.

Semantic Versioning

  • Please try to use Semantic Versioning so we can set it up to get automatic updates: https://semver.org/

Please make sure there are released versions on Packagist and not just "dev-master".

License

The usual mechanism is to bundle code in Tiki. Here are the license requirements: License

Upstream first

Tiki is resolutely "Upstream First", and contributes as much as possible to all included projets, as well as to other software components in WikiSuite and to the larger Free Software and Open Source community.

Wiki way software development

Tiki is old and big. But it is also very flexible and there many ways of Extending Tiki. Tiki has proven to be remarkably adaptive. It started in 2002 with PHP 4, and ever since, it has adapted to new versions of PHP, and dependencies in PHP and JS. In fact, almost all of the 125+ software libraries used in Tiki are at the latest version.

Tiki's feature depth and breadth is most amazing. This is the result of over 19 years of a community working together to innovate on a common code base. We can innovate quickly with an upgrade path because it's a collaborative community working on a common code base.

Bootstrap

If this is relevant to your project: The Tiki community has a lot of experience migrating from standard HTML to Bootstrap. If you'd like some help with this, please reach out to Marc Laporte.

See Also

Keywords

The following is a list of keywords that should serve as hubs for navigation within the Tiki development and should correspond to documentation keywords.

Each feature in Tiki has a wiki page which regroups all the bugs, requests for enhancements, etc. It is somewhat a form of wiki-based project management. You can also express your interest in a feature by adding it to your profile. You can also try out the Dynamic filter.

Accessibility (WAI & 508)
Accounting
Administration
Ajax
Articles & Submissions
Backlinks
Banner
Batch
BigBlueButton audio/video/chat/screensharing
Blog
Bookmark
Browser Compatibility
Calendar
Category
Chat
Comment
Communication Center
Consistency
Contacts Address book
Contact us
Content template
Contribution
Cookie
Copyright
Credits
Custom Home (and Group Home Page)
Database MySQL - MyISAM
Database MySQL - InnoDB
Date and Time
Debugger Console
Diagram
Directory (of hyperlinks)
Documentation link from Tiki to doc.tiki.org (Help System)
Docs
DogFood
Draw -superseded by Diagram
Dynamic Content
Preferences
Dynamic Variable
External Authentication
FAQ
Featured links
Feeds (RSS)
File Gallery
Forum
Friendship Network (Community)
Gantt
Group
Groupmail
Help
History
Hotword
HTML Page
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Image Gallery
Import-Export
Install
Integrator
Interoperability
Inter-User Messages
InterTiki
jQuery
Kaltura video management
Karma
Live Support
Logs (system & action)
Lost edit protection
Mail-in
Map
Menu
Meta Tag
Missing features
Visual Mapping
Mobile
Mods
Modules
MultiTiki
MyTiki
Newsletter
Notepad
OS independence (Non-Linux, Windows/IIS, Mac, BSD)
Organic Groups (Self-managed Teams)
Packages
Payment
PDF
Performance Speed / Load / Compression / Cache
Permission
Poll
Profiles
Quiz
Rating
Realname
Report
Revision Approval
Scheduler
Score
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search
Security
Semantic links
Share
Shopping Cart
Shoutbox
Site Identity
Slideshow
Smarty Template
Social Networking
Spam protection (Anti-bot CATPCHA)
Spellcheck
Spreadsheet
Staging and Approval
Stats
Survey
Syntax Highlighter (Codemirror)
Tablesorter
Tags
Task
Tell a Friend
Terms and Conditions
Theme
TikiTests
Timesheet
Token Access
Toolbar (Quicktags)
Tours
Trackers
TRIM
User Administration
User Files
User Menu
Watch
Webmail and Groupmail
WebServices
Wiki History, page rename, etc
Wiki plugins extends basic syntax
Wiki syntax text area, parser, etc
Wiki structure (book and table of content)
Workspace and perspectives
WYSIWTSN
WYSIWYCA
WYSIWYG
XMLRPC
XMPP




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