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January 13, 2012

TiddlyWiki: Cookbooks

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If anything, TiddlyWiki reminds me of a set of index cards (well, more so of Cardfile and HyperCard I suppose), and index cards make me think of two things: term papers and recipes. I’ve noted elsewhere how I’ve used TiddlyWiki for educational purposes, so here’s my list of TW-powered recipe boxes.

Disclaimer: I’m sure the recipes on the sites below are great. I can’t say that I’ve ever actually made any of them. I’m showing off TiddlyWiki, not endorsing recipes.

Jackson Boyle’s Kitchen. Mr. Boyle’s blog includes a TiddlyWiki recipe book. The site is no longer around, but the recipes are still available here on the Wayback Machine.

Philosophical Gourmet Cookbook. The Philosophy department of the University of Florida once published a gourmet cookbook online. The link is now dead, but a copy can be found here on the Wayback Machine.


January 12, 2012

TiddlyWiki: My Experience

Filed under: Computer Software,Online Tools,TiddlyWiki — Brandon @ 5:55 pm

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I have fallen in and out of love with TiddlyWiki several times since August 2006. It started with this ‘blog post by “euicho” written almost exactly one year earlier. I’ve used it successfully for several small projects, though more often than not, what began with a TiddlyWiki blossomed into a ‘blog, a website, or a full-blown application. So, if anything, it’s good for working out a design for what I really want to do. It’s extremely versatile and addictive too! Here are some highlights from my TiddlyWiki experience.

Notepad. Believe it or not, this ‘blog began as a TiddlyWiki…sort of. I wanted to publish my notes on a number of topics on a free “personal” page. Cobbling pages together by hand was too labor-intensive, especially when I wanted to change the look-and-feel of the whole site at one time. I wasn’t learned in CSS at the time and I tried automating the compilation of a site using flat data files, HTML templates, make, and a few other scripting utilities. All of it was taking up way too much time. TiddlyWiki was the answer. For a very good reason (which now escapes me), I decided to use ‘blog technology instead, which has worked out far better in the long run; however, I might not have made that leap without TiddlyWiki in the middle.

School Notes. I finally broke down and bought a laptop while I was in graduate school. This allowed me to take all of my notes electronically, at least for the last couple of years in the program. I really wanted to go paperless, so I relied on scans, downloads, and other methods for keeping it all digital. I even recorded lectures on occasion. TiddlyWiki was my notebook of choice. With a wiki mindset, I would create Tiddlers for topics and then referenced them from Tiddlers containing basic outlines of both textbook chapters and lectures. Doing most of the work before hand allowed me to take minimal notes during class, which meant that I could pay more attention to the professor and participate in the discussion more fully.

Big Finish. The proverbial icing on the cake came in my capstone course. The professor (who happened to be the department chair) believed heavily in the power of organization. A student who keeps an organized and complete notebook will always do well, he would tell us often. As such, we had to turn in our class notebooks to the professor at the end of the semester – for a grade! I hadn’t done that since, oh let’s see, high school! It was degrading, but admittedly, a very wise requirement on his part. I had one little problem. I told him that I could print out the contents of my “notebook”, but with his permission I’d rather turn in a 100%-electonic copy. He agreed, so long as it was easily viewed on his PC with little effort. Everything was linked in the TiddlyWiki. I just burned the CD and wrote the instrucitons on the label: “insert into CD-ROM drive and open notebook.html”. I guess it worked, because I aced the course. He retired the next year.

December 31, 2009

TiddlyWiki: Plugin Sites

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There are a lot of neat plugins for TiddlyWiki out there. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to play with them all, much less post instructions on how best to make use of them. So, here is a running list of plugin sites with descriptions.

abegoExtensions. This site is copyright abego Software GmbH and is distributed under an Open Source license. It includes about a dozen plugins.

Lewcid TW. This site has good number of plugins and macros. The is no longer available, but I found a copy at

TiddlyTools. Mr. Eric L Shulman has way too much time on his hands, and you should thank him for it. He has provided a ton of plugins. His site is still maintained, the last entry at the time of this writing dated December 29, 2011. I had once noted the usefulness of the TagCloudPlugin. His work is distributed as Open Source.

TiddlyWiki In Action. This site is a “showcase” of other peoples’ TiddlyWikis. It is still being maintained as of December 2011, though changes were sparse over the previous four years.

Umibozu. I found a reference to in my e-mail with a note that it includes a plugin named LimitOpenTiddlersPlugin that keeps only one Tiddler open at a time. The site is gone, it it appears that the Wayback Machine has several snapshots, but I am not able to view them from my current location. Perhaps I will be able to write more about this one later.

VisualTW. Most of the plugins on VisualTW are from January 2008; in 2011, the author posted that he no longer had the time for maintenance. There are a handful of editor plugins (EasyEdit, FCKeditor, Externalize), an encryption plugin that protects the whole file with a single password using RC4, a TiddlersBar plugin that adds tabs similar to those used by modern browsers, and a TagsTree plugin that builds a navigation menu based on tags.

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