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MediaWiki API, day 2

Friday, January 02, 2009 by Dave Winer.

I've been slow to get to start work on the MediaWiki API.  Permalink to this paragraph

But today I took the first step, to find out that it is possible to turn off the API, and that the test wikis people have been kind enough to let me play with have it turned off. (It defaults on.) Permalink to this paragraph

So to get started I'm going to need a wiki that has its API turned on. Here's a page that explains what's needed. It looks like Perl to me, it's probably easy for a Perl guy to futz with this, but I don't want to hack anyone's server. I want to stay strictly on the workstation side. Permalink to this paragraph

I promise to share what I learn programming the wiki once I get the ball rolling. Permalink to this paragraph


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