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Aug 27, 2009

Advanced Plone Training

by Eric Smith — last modified Aug 28, 2009 06:36 AM
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I attended a training class in Plone a few weeks ago. Read on for a few of the things I learned.

The advanced Plone class was taught by Joel Burton from Plone Bootcamps. I've attended Joel's basic Plone class a few years ago, so when I heard he was teaching his advanced class in Chapel Hill, I decided to attend. I'm very glad I did.

Here's what I learned:

  • Plone is designed by some very smart people. Once you understand a handful of concepts, it's simple, elegant, and extensible. It's true that some of the concepts take a while to understand, but I think it's worth it. And Joel helped tremendously.
  • Plone is improving with each release. Over the years I've been using Plone, it has added locking, easier workflow configuration, a much-improved setup facility, and an install process based on the awesome zc.buildout. If you're not using zc.buildout for your Plone deployments, you should be. And you might want to think of using it for other installations, too.
  • Joel is an excellent educator. He not only knows Plone inside and out, but he also understands how to teach.
  • Zope's acquisition is much maligned, but it's incredibly useful. We had an example in class where we wanted to add a portlet only when we were under certain folders, and to make the content folder specific. I couldn't figure out how to do it, but a 2 line Python method and acquisition solved the problem. Incredible!
  • Chapel Hill, as you'd expect, has some awesome barbeque places.