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README.pod

NAME

README - Slash Readme

WARNING

This release of Slash is BETA software. Run at your own risk. There ARE bugs, there ARE broken and incomplete features, and documentation is not yet finished or wrong. For a production-quality release of Slash, see http://slashcode.com/.

DESCRIPTION

Slash -- Slashdot Like Automated Storytelling Homepage -- is the code that runs Slashdot. More than that, however, Slash is an architecture for putting together web sites. It comes with functionality for posting articles, conducting polls, having discussions, and more. But it can be extended in innumerable ways.

Slash is written in Perl, and is built on top of Apache and mod_perl. It requires a database backend, though the only well-supported database used with it is MySQL (more databases will become well-supported as time goes on; PostgreSQL support is already well on its way). Slash is fast, scalable, and secure (as evidenced by one of the best test cases you could have, running Slashdot itself).

Through a plugin system, developers can add functionality to Slash. Through themes and templates (which are written using Template Toolkit), the look and feel of a Slash site can be customized.

See INSTALL for information about installing Slash, including hardware and software requirements. Read that document carefully, and follow the instructions as precisely as possible.

There is no upgrade information yet; we will write information on upgrading from a 1.0.x site soon.

DOCUMENTATION

Slash FAQ

Basic information about Slash, how to contact the developers, and a lot more.

http://slashcode.com/faq.shtml

Template Toolkit

For more information on how to write templates, see the Template Toolkit site.

http://www.template-toolkit.org/

RSS

For more information on RSS 1.0, and the RSS Slash module.

http://purl.org/rss/1.0/

http://slashcode.com/rss/1.0/modules/Slash/

Installation

The details on how to install Slash.

INSTALL

(We should post this online, too.)

API

The details of the API available in Slash.

        perldoc Slash
        perldoc Slash::Utility
        perldoc Slash::Display
        perldoc Slash::DB

(We should post these online, too.)

Other

We need docs for schema, upgrading. We need to upgrade the Getting Started doc. We need to have docs on how to do a plugin or theme. Anything else?

Authors

The authors and contributors of Slash.

AUTHORS

LINKS

Slashdot

The site that started it all.

http://slashdot.org/

Slash

The main site for Slash.

http://slashcode.com/

SourceForge Site

Access to the code, bug reports, patches, and more.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/slashcode/

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

The information below applies to everything in this distribution, except where noted.

Copyright 1997-2001 by Open Source Development Network.

        http://www.osdn.com/

Slash is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Slash is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Slash (COPYING); if not, go to http://www.fsf.org/ or write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

VERSION

$Id$

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