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February 07, 2006

Mahusive Update

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/paulstacey

OK, bringing up to speed with this project:

  1. Now using Moodle, for many reasons. Listing that below this list.
  2. Working to get Shibboleth login to the project (this should allow integration with the WSOS)
  3. Going to simulate timetable interpretation from the system (BSV tables are available; write a program to interpret these!)
  4. "Penguin" folder to be created, in order to put our custom front page. This will be moved as the project progresses.
  5. Term Dating now begun (see next post!)

Reasons why I'm using Moodle now:

  1. PHP is faster to develop with, yet scalable (Moodle is being used for the open university, see here: Large Moodle Installations
  2. Personally, much more comfortable with PHP
  3. Java was taking more time than I could commit to understand existing open source projects
  4. No point in re-inventing the wheel
  5. Moodle has more documentation (the current open source JSP solutions seem to want to have you hire them, funny that)
  6. More suited to Department of Computer Science's needs (the LMSs in JSP were designed for university-wide use, and separation wasn't possible because of the security grainings)
  7. Downside: Non-transactional database commital using mySQL at the moment.
  8. Downside: Variable protection is not so "hot" in PHP. A big issue, but the guidelines for moodle should stop variable transferrance. Also, splitting into classes helps!
  9. Greater integration with existing systems possible

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