Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, April 21, 2003

Free Journalling Tool For Your e-Learning Projects

Project Steve Guttenberg
Server Application
= worth knowing

If you are looking for a journalling or weblog tool that can be utilized for e-Learning projects that require individual students to maintain their own online journal this can be an altrnative option to consider.

Project Steve Guttenberg (PSG) is a PHP-driven diary/journal/blogging application that integrates seamlessly into any existing Web site.

To utilize Project Steve Guttenberg you need to have a Web server that you can access and on which a PHP-based application can be installed.

This means that if you already have a Web site and someone that can handle some PHP knowledge for you in your IT department, you can get a journalling system set up very rapidly at next to zero cost.

Tell your technical person that one of PSG's core principles is its lack of dependencies - you don't need a MySQL database or anything else, just PHP.

It also means that once set up, PSG won't get in the way. it can be fully integrated in the look and feel of your existing web site by way of standard CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

PSG is not a content management system. You cannot use it in place of tools like Slashcode or PHPNuke.



PSG came into existence because its main author, Gavin Brown, wanted a way to put notices about software releases on his Web site. Gavin maintains a lot of open source software and he likes to put news about what's new on the front of his site. PSG developed out of that need.

Gavin Brown, main developer behind this tool says: "Since it's Free Software, you're free to take the code, and make it do whatever you like. Go for it!".

PSG provides many of the core features (including comments, archives, searching, and an RDF feed) and administrative controls (all Web-based) of other, larger systems like Movable Type and P-Machine, but doesn't use a database.

PSG is XHTML 1.0-compliant and its look can be completely customised via CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) .

PSG can easily be scaled to host several journal sites with a single installation.

PSG is open source and is free.

You can download a free version or find out more information about it at: downloads.php

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posted by Robin Good on Monday, April 21 2003, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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