Help with open source project

Hi guys,

I hope nobody minds me asking for help in this way.

I’m asking for help from programmers to help set up a unique open-source
project that could benefit a great many people.

The Tagmata Project’s three aims are :

(1) to create a completely open-source website
(2) to use the site to generate money
(3) to use the profits to help alleviate poverty

Full details of the whole project can be found at

The platform for the open-source website has not yet been built, and
that is what I’m asking for help with.

There are two things in particular that seem most relevant to Nginx
developers / users :

(1) Nginx - MongoDB module

The Tagmata database will use MongoDB, with an Nginx front-end. We’re
looking to develop an Nginx module that connects to MongoDB, to allow
queries through Nginx to MongoDB (in a similar vein to the recent
ngx_drizzle, ngx_postgres etc modules that have been developed recently
by Agentzh, Piotr S. et al.). This might be able to reuse some code
from the ngx_gridfs module, but I’m not sure how stable it is.

Another part of this module will be translating our own database query
language (Tagmata Query Language) to MongoDB queries - which should be
pretty easy, as the syntax is very similar.

The code for this will be hosted on GitHub, and will be designed in such
a way that it will be reusable for other projects that wish to connect
to MongoDB that don’t want to use Tagmata Query Language.

Once this particular module is written and stable, I’ll post here to let
Nginx users know.

(2) Online development tools

In order to facilitate adding/modifying of code on the open-source
website, we’re developing our own tools to make this easy. These will be
written in our own scripting language (a cross between PHP and
Javascript/Ruby - see for

The code for these will be made available on the open-source website
( when the base platform has been developed.

I can do all of this code myself, but I’m hoping that some generous
programmers would be willing to help out to make the task easier. Some
other programmers have volunteered to do some of the other tasks that
need doing, but we could do with some more help to speed up the
development process.

If you’d like to know more about the project, please visit
If you’d like to know more about the programming tasks, please visit
If you’d like to get involved, please contact me by email
([email protected]) or IRC (Freenode #tagmata).

Thanks in advance,

Marcus C…

Just curious, why create your own programming language?


Hi Roger,

On 08/09/2010 22:40, Roger H. wrote:

Just curious, why create your own programming language?
Well, I can see security issues related to just allowing
unparsed/checked code being uploaded and run on the open-source
website. Regardless, I’d want to put a parser in front of the
underlying implementation (which is PHP). Since I was going to do that,
I thought changing the syntax to a nicer one would make sense. The
syntax is basically PHP, but without ‘$’ for variables and allowing
Javascript-like dot notation for arrays (e.g. var.subvar, instead of

There are reasons why I chose PHP for the underlying platform which I
won’t go into here, but you can message me privately if you’re



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