In Need of Testers

I'd like to open source my programing projects, but it’d be great to get some testers for those first.

Table of Contents

  1. JACMS
  2. PHP File Manager with Annotations
  3. A Simple Version Control Application
  4. XML-Based Editor for Presentations

I'd like to open source my programing projects, but as an autodidact in coding and as someone who primarily codes for himself, I am still not sufficiently confident with the code and the UX.
In the following, I will briefly describe each project. Let me know if you want to try them out.


The CMS this website runs on. It uses PHP and, for the design parts, CSS. Javascript is left out as much to ensure that as little as possible of users' bandwidth is used. Data is stored in XML-files.
JACMS was originally conceptualized to be an Indieweb page, but deviated from being simply that somewhere along the path. It thus differentiates entry types between notes, blog posts (Indieweb people call them articles), bookmarks, events, and videos. Additional entry types are publications - conceptualized for e.g. researchers -, lists - originally aimed for listing books as Goodreads does, there are plans to expand this -, and bibliography and "my books" which are at the moment the same technologically. Both display bibliographical data from an XML-file, which uses MODS as created by JabRef as I personally use that.

JACMS' Backend

To access the backend a user needs to be logged in. After logging in, a link to the backend will appear at the upper right of the screen (the login script used was taken from Alternatively, notes, bookmarks, and events can be added right from the frontend, too.
Login screen and link to the backend
In the backend, users can enter new contents or edit settings according to user levels previously assigned to them. User information can be added to then be displayed below posts of the given user. Profile pages for each user who has an account are also generated from this information but are only linked in case the user does not enter a personal homepage. Passwords and user levels are still hard-coded - this is something that definitely needs to change eventually.
My profile page on this website and the mask for entering user information
Depending on the given user level, users can also edit the design of the website, empty the databases or edit the general settings of the website, for example disabling entry types, adding access tokens for syndication to Twitter, and entering information about whatever is represented by the website.
Overview of functions for editing the websiteEntering basic information about the website
Additional functions can be found in the tab "more." Here users can moderate webmentions (so far still retrieved, reblog things - so far only halfway implemented based on RSS feeds - and create custom pages. I also started implementing a newsletter there, but that is also only halfway done yet: it lists all new contents and recent/upcoming events from a specified time and sends them to a list of users. Administrators unfortunately still need to press a send button manually.
The newsletter as it would have been sent as of September 28 2015

In short: Features



PHP File Manager with Annotations

(Find it here)
I was kind of annoyed that filehosters and cloud services do not give an option to annotate files. So I wrote this little file manager, which indexes all subdirectories of the directory it is located in. It then lets users with the given editing rights enter descriptions for the respective files or folders, remove or rename them and upload new files. Users can be assigned specific subdirectories for which they have editing rights.
This tool also runs on PHP.




A Simple Version Control Application

(Find it here)
There is not much to say about this. Data is once again stored in an XML file. Additional functions include a parser designed to display the data in a most easily embed-able form and the option to attach files to new versions.
Overview of all projects addedThe change log for JACMS in its public formEditing project information


XML-Based Editor for Presentations

(Find it here)
With this tool I aimed to make creating web presentations easier. Information is stored in an XML-file for each new presentation; the design can be edited in the browser by changing the CSS file used for the presentation.
Overview of all presentations in the respective directory and links for editing themEditing a presentation
The XML file is then parsed to create the presentation. There are functions for embedding images (either half-width on the left or right or full size) and videos. Text is displayed in lists. Additionally, sources can be added, which will be visible upon scrolling down on the respective page.
A slide with sources as visible to the public
I have pretty much abandoned this project. If it is of help to anyone, I will gladly share it. Also, the login script used is again, as in all these projects, the one from



Added by Joshua Ramon Enslin, in - [On Twitter]

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