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My Borrowed World Plone Day

by Ross Patterson last modified Nov 08, 2008 07:44 PM
How I crashed Donna Snow's presentation

I'm spending my World Plone Day at Donna Snow's presentations at Sunnyvale, CA.  It's been a blast.

Donna started out describing her participation in the Plone community and her company, C Squared Enterprises (C2E).  Then she moved onto a slideshow with a good overview of what Plone is and some of the best reasons for adopting it.  Next she gave a live demonstration of a Plone 3.1.6 site and managed to convey a lot of the very feature rich set that Plone brings out of the box keeping everyone engaged the whole while.  An excellent presentation.

Donna graciously invited me to make some contributions to the presentation from a developer's perspective.  It gave me the chance to talk about some of the technical underpinnings of the Plone stack I most admire.  The internationalization and translation capabilities seemed to get a lot of favor, big surprise there.  :)  I listed WSGI  and Deliverance theming as some of the more likely future directions for Plone and was surprised how much interest that got.  I definitely enjoyed participating.

Here are some of the questions asked:

  • What other CMS are there?
  • What is Plone's market share or adoption rate?  Is it growing or shrinking?  How does it compare with other CMS?
  • How is translation done?
  • Are live backups possible?  Can they be done TTW?
  • Can we see the developers view of a template?
  • I heard Plone is slow?
  • What's this Zope 2 and Zope 3 stuff?
  • Can you make the calendar portlet start the week with Sunday?
  • What is the granularity of the security framework?
  • How can I integrate external database queries with Plone?

It was a first for me sitting in a room fielding questions from people who were doing their initial evaluation of Plone.  While none of the questions were surprising, it was nonetheless very informative.

It was very generous of Donna and C2E to pay for the space and the materials and to donate all the time.  I think it was worth it.  Best quote of the day?

I'm a convert.

It looks like the second session is turning out to be more of an installfest.  :)

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