[thelist] online poll

Max Schwanekamp lists at neptunewebworks.com
Thu Nov 17 15:43:34 CST 2005

Mike wrote:
> Have you heard of Typo3? What do you think?

Never used it, so couldn't tell you.  They scared me off with the 
frequent warnings of a steep learning curve.

> The use of a CMS is an excellent suggestion however I only have 2 weeks 
> or less to have this working and I don't think that would give me enough 
> time to learn and install and demonstrate to my client. 

That is a short time to get things running properly, if you're working 
solo (sounds like you are, but only a guess).  But you can probably 
assemble a reasonable demo in that time.

> Or maybe it 
> would - what do you think? I prefer to use a PHP system, however, I 
> don't have php experience but maybe I don't need php experience to set 
> up a CMS. 

The choice of scripting language is a personal one, and said choice 
should be made only after much meditation and soul-searching.  Actually 
it's pretty arbitrary.  However, you will likely be looking at source 
code sooner or later, if only to hack some minor block's output 
according to client request.  So realize that choosing to use a 
particular CMS is also a tacit agreement to learn about the scripting 
language it's written in - PHP, ASP.NET, Coldfusion, etc - OR, to hire 
someone who is already familiar with it.

> Or should I just stick to installing these components separately: 
> mediawiki
> advanced poll (http://www.proxy2.de/poll/index.php)
> phpBB

If you plan to kludge these together into one site, you may need to 
figure out how a user can login to all three apps with a single login 
form.  Unless everything will be anonymous anyway, which is unlikely. 
Also, keep in mind that you'll be "skinning" three different apps this way.

In your place, I'd fire up Mambo and see what you can come up with 
quickly.  You'd need to browse MamboForge[0] to get all the components 
you need (wiki, forum, etc).  I did my first Mambo site in about a week 
(using a prefab template).  YMMV...

Max Schwanekamp http://www.neptunewebworks.com/

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