From: rob caSSon <rob@st...> - 2001-09-19 19:54:51
i've been working on an online reference/chat system this summer, and
thought some others might be interested....to avoid duplication, here is
some (barely started, minimal) documentation:
with downloading available from the front page:
the aim of this software is to provide a free (both speech and beer)
alternative to the LSSI's of the world....its GPL'd.
we're using it here at Miami University (in Oxford, Ohio for you smart
asses ;^) to do online reference for about 50-60 hours a week....we just
started using this rewrite about a month ago, and it seems to be stable
enough to let others know about.....so.....
its totally browser-based (no plugins, except for a sound clip that can be
turned off), but limited to IE and Netscape 4.X, so it is cross-platform
where those browsers exist; the browser support will be extended when i
Galeon, Skipstone), opera, konqueror, etc.
rakim is developed with PHP, using the PEAR database abstraction
librariesi (like PERL's DBI), which will provide the greatest portability
for the project...currently, only MySQL and PostgreSQL are supported, but
more database schemas are welcome, along with any SQL statement tweaking
(seems like every db has different date/time syntax, in particular).....
anyway, enuff rambling....if anyone needs some help getting it to work,
don't hesitate to let me know....i might make a more public announcement
in the weeks to come, but thought i'd let the more hackish types take a
look first....my code may not be the cleanest, and i welcome anyone that
might like to join forces and develop a very robust and extensible
electronic information services librarian
BTW: rakim stands for "Rakim: A Knowledge Instant Messenger", and is named
after my favorite MC of all time...