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A New Version of the Site for 2020

Published 2020-07-26, updated 2020-07-26, in: Code, Web, Blog, front, wiki (tags: edit)
After 10 years of neglect, it is time for a new start of this site, because:
  • I am going to retire in early 2021 (in 6 months), and I will have now time to properly maintain a personal site
  • I am feeling the need to archive in a central place all the contents I scatter in various different places, if only for the selfinsh reason to be able to retreive them more easily

I was toying with the idea of going to a static web site, as it is now in vogue, and it has a kind of nostalgia for me as I started my web sites as static sites anyways. But by looking at the existing solutions, I was not convinced by them, as a lot seemed to naively solve the 80% easy part of the problem, and them struggle without any clear vision on how to solve the 20% hard part... a classic situation.

I thus decided to keep on using Foswiki (v2.1.6), as it is now quite mature, and thus stable: I like building on solid, time-tested fundations that will not change every month. And let's be honest, it is both extremely powerful and incredibly reliable. I am just tweaking it for using it as a public site (one author with all admin rights, and read-only viewers), rather than the standard wiki setup of many authors, all able to edit contents, with some able to also admin rights. My postulate is that dynamic web site like a wiki, with proper caching, has all the advantages of a static web site, but is more practical to maintain (but is more complex to implement).

I will detail my views on how to website-ize a wiki in future posts, but for now, on 2020-07-26 at noon French time, let go live!

Welcome to my (new) world!

Colas.
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