[Mediawiki-l] IDE for mediawiki

Rolf Lampa rolf.lampa at rilnet.com
Mon Jan 22 17:18:52 UTC 2007

Titoxd at Wikimedia wrote:
> <snip>
> For the database, you can have a look at
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Database_layout, which includes an
> overview of all the database tables currently used in MediaWiki. I've tried
> to make sure everything is more-or-less accurate (probably less), but it
> should be accurate for MW 1.8, 1.9 and 1.10alpha.

This really is of great help!  This could fairly easy be drawn also with 
UML class diagrams with essential "views" of the classes like this (just 
a "demo page"):


> As for the class structure, does http://svn.wikimedia.org/doc/ help?  I've found it to be useful many times.

It definitely helps - if you don't get lost...

Also here it would help a lot to have simple diagrams showing things at 
different "levels" of complexity &  abstraction. Diagrams should capture 
not only different "levels" but also how the same classes/tables are 
used within different "scopes" (like the text does in the very good 
database descriptions!). Daagrams should preferably illustrate "use 
cases", like "when deleting a page then it affects..." etc.

Such diagrams/views would give Context to the Details. This is important 
since Details without a meaningful Context is of lesser value to the 
newbie to Mediawiki (which I am one of).


// Rolf Lampa

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