Running Weblogs with Slash

Running Weblogs with Slash

by Chromatic (Author), David Krieger (Author), Brian Aker (Author)


Slash is the open source software system that drives the Slashdot web site and others. It implements the kind of web site that has come to be called a "weblog": a moderated list, in reverse chronological order, of items with links to further discussion on-site, or to further information off-site. Essentially, a weblog is a cooperatively-authored daily newspaper for some defined community on the Net. Anyone who wants to get a weblog site up and running may find this book useful, particularly system administrators who may not have the time or the background to learn all about Slash by reading the source code. Content managers of Slash sites who want to be able to use the system more effectively may also benefit from this book, which organizes the knowledge currently distributed throughout the Slash source code, Slashcode web site and mailing lists, and provides it in an organized package.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 282
Edition: 1
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 25 Jan 2002

ISBN 10: 0596001002
ISBN 13: 9780596001001

Author Bio
chromatic is a freelance writer and programmer living in the Northwest USA. He has been published by a handful of popular web sites, including He recently wrote the user manual for the Everything Engine, besides adding features and fixing bugs. chromatic was one of the earliest members of the PerlMonks programming community. In his spare time, he runs a free software project called Jellybean, a Perl Object Server built with some principles of XP. Brian Aker is the lead Slash developer. He currently works for VALinux/OSDN as a Slashdot Senior Architect and teaches the Perl certification course at the University of Washington. David Krieger is the system administrator for Foresight Institute's Slash site ( He has been programming since 1978 (in Perl since 1995), working in the software industry since 1992, and developing for the web since 1994. He was a founding director of Extropy Institute and an early administrator of the Extropians mailing list.