[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]

[seul-edu] Packaged systems or individual apps?

I was wondering what people here thought about the relative merits of installing all-in-one educational packages (e.g. Claroline, Manhattan Virtual Classroom) versus individual applications that you install and/or write yourself. Personally I ended up with the latter solution largely because I don't administrate my own server, and getting most prepackaged solutions to play nice with SQL and PHP on the server was more trouble than it was worth. I realised that for the time being all I really needed was a website, a facility to upload files and a forum; the first I already had, the second was easy enough to write and the last was provided nicely by Simpleforum, a Perl app which doesn't require SQL or PHP. However, I'd be interested to hear other people's experiences, particularly those who don't have root access to their servers.


"I can say: 'Thank these bees for their honey as though they were kind people who have prepared it for you'; that is intelligible and describes how I should like you to conduct yourself. But I cannot say: 'Thank them because, look, how kind they are!'--since the next moment they may sting you.
- Wittgenstein

Robin Turner
Bilkent Univeritesi
Ankara 06533