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Addressing the long tail of (web) applications


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Every day we imagine some new apps we'd love to have: having an application to allow people to submit talks, to register new holiday requests, expense reports, simply get data from one site and combine it with data from another site and display that, etc. This is the long tail of application.

However in most cases we just drop the idea and continue with our life because we know it would take days or weeks to be able to develop that quickly before you could reap the benefits.

What if there was a way to have these apps developed and working in just a few minutes!

We'll demonstrate how a next generation wiki platform allows to do just that by using the XWiki open source project as an example.

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Addressing the long tail of (web) applications

  1. 1. Addressing the long tail of (web) applications Using a wiki as a web dev platform Vincent Massol, February 2018
  2. 2. Long tail of web apps Excel of the Web Web’s Swiss Army Knife
  3. 3. So what’s XWiki? An advanced wiki… but…
  4. 4. So what’s XWiki? Also a runtime web dev platform!
  5. 5. Demo time!
  6. 6. Capabilities • Create structure (a.k.a metadata) • Scripting in pages (Velocity, Groovy, Ruby, Python, etc) • Inject CSS/JS • Install/Remove Extensions (API + UI) • Create or use Skins / Themes / UI Extensions points
  7. 7. Building an Application Traditional way Runtime
  8. 8. Building an Application XWiki way - Application Morphing! RuntimeRuntime
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  10. 10. Conclusions • Iterative, Need-based development • Continuous Delivery & versioned • Work collaboratively on creating applications • Designers can style while devs create logic • Works from day one, immediate feedbacks • Open source and community-based More on
  11. 11. Q&A Me
  12. 12. Vincent Massol skype: vmassol