Recently over at [WikiIndex:WikiEngineTree] some wiki engines have been placed in a tree arrangement.
I think it will be difficult to construct such a tree. AtisWiki? and CVWiki seem to be unimportant, so it tells us almost nothing. Often it's unclear were implementations in new languages came from. SWikiWiki? seems to be a separate wiki without parent or children. To see what happened you'd also need Version numbers and lines counts. Add UseMod.0.88(3200)=>ProWiki(14700), UseMod.0.92(4044)=>OddMuse(4000). -- HelmutLeitner
Perhaps CliffordAdams may be able to elaborate on those first two? -- EM
MoinMoin as of 2006-02-01 is about 40.000 lines Python code (not counting 3rd party py modules and i18n). -- anon
Other interesting histories are the trace of WikiSyntax. WikiBase and FoxWiki and Everything2 impacted UseModWiki, which was refined here on MeatballWiki, to go on to inspire MediaWiki which runs WikiPedia. I've been wondering if we had done a disservice by not creating a history of wikidom like I did with WebLogs, but a part of me feels atemporality is half the fun. -- SunirShah
Such a conceptual evolution, rather than literal code forks, makes me think of [What Languages Fix] [(diagram)]. Yes, the WikiNow is entertaining, particularly when it comes to representing a point of knowledge, but after realising how little I know of my own family history, I'd like to know about the history of my adoptive wiki family (so to speak). -- EarleMartin
Maybe use the same sort of concise description:
So let's start adding data points. UseModWiki(Perl,flatfiles) loosely inspired WikkiTikkiTavi(PHP,MySQL). WTT tried to be relatively close to UM in behavior and syntax, but introduced the notion of explicit categories (which never really took off).
UseModWiki replicated TaviStyleHistory? from Tavi. -- SunirShah
The engines are living software, they constantly borrow from each other. Maybe a directed graph whose nodes are the engines and arcs are features/ideas borrowed would be a better representation of the history of WikiSoftware development. This [diagram on the 'Unix' wikipedia article] combines tree inheritance information, and a timeline. Would be interesting to see a wiki engine tree in this format.
There's a similar attempt to build a [wiki engine tree at wikiindex.com]