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What are the plans of Askbot project?

asked 2010-03-24 14:00:48 -0600

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What does Askbot intend to do? Are there any plans? How does it intend to be different from other projects - say OSQA?

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answered 2010-03-24 14:22:40 -0600

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updated 2010-04-04 14:35:58 -0600

Heya, now we have a ROADMAP. Check it out (btw, please help us shape it too).

Ok the question was a setup so that I can answer it myself :).

Most importantly - askbot aims to provide a "mashable" django Q&A component that would work nicely together with other django applications that you might use on your unique and customized website. Of course it will also work just as well as a standalone forum application.

An imporant part of Askbot' agenda - is to give back to the Python/Django development community by possibly spinning-off side-projects. Currently a good candidate is a single signon application that accepts all sorts of login methods, another possible candidate for a separate project - reputation system linked to votes.

Thirdly - askbot aims to test new technologies - for example the plan is to rewrite all javascript using google closure library - which is a newly released platform for the enterprise web-applications.

Askbot is a completely open project - any programmer willing to contribute code will have commit access to the development repository. The caveat is that he/she has to follow the project roadmap (to be developed shortly - btw you are invited to shape it - just post your idea as a question and tag it "suggestion" or "feature-request").

Finally, we aim to develop the product that just works.

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answered 2010-03-24 22:43:16 -0600

Nice to read about your project. Besides the js closure what other new stuff will you add? a NoSQL database would be cool :-)

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Hey Adolfo, I agree NoSQL would be cool. AppEngine or Cassandra? There will be a bit of learning ahead on how to go that way, it's definitely time to start looking into that.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2010-03-25 12:07:46 -0600 )edit
have you done anything for the app engine?
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2010-03-25 12:30:44 -0600 )edit
I have done some app engine but it's a bit hard when you want to use django from trunk. What about MongoDB?
Fitoria's avatar Fitoria  ( 2010-03-25 22:42:36 -0600 )edit
It's up to you, if you want to try it - sure why not, but an important part is that the application must run on sql and nosql without any changes - will that require adjusting database API or creating our own (facade-like API so that we could switch the backend using some setting)?
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2010-03-26 10:08:18 -0600 )edit

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