February 29 - March 2, 2012
Montreal, Canada

How CMS architectures affect dev. communities

There are many different kinds of content management systems out there, and from the outside, they might look similar, but under the hood, their architectures are often quite different.

What effect does this difference have on their communities? This presentation will argue that the effect is quite large.

We will examine the architecture of three different CMSs: Drupal, ImpressCMS/XOOPS, and TikiWiki. They represent three very different architectural approaches, from highly modular (Drupal) to monolithic (TikiWiki). Arguably, the nature of the communities around each CMS can be attributed largely to their architecture, and the kind of participation it encourages.

This presentation will include a detailed technical examination of how the CMSs function, some knowledge of PHP will be an asset but not required. The balance of the discussion will be around the communities, and will not require technical knowledge.

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Julian Egelstaff

Freeform Solutions

Julian Egelstaff has been working in the software and IT industries for over 15 years. In 2003, he co-founded Freeform Solutions, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help other not-for-profits use technology more effectively.

Julian is also the lead programmer of Formulize, an open source project designed to provide non-programmers with the ability to create database systems on the web.

Julian holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Philosophy, and is a Zend Certified Engineer.

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