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Plone 4 Framework Team

by Ross Patterson last modified Jan 18, 2009 09:17 PM
Why I'm excited to have been selected

The more I think about it the more excited I am to be a part of the Plone 4 Framework Team (FWT).

I think it's fair to say that Plone is a very successful open source project. On that point alone, it's an honor to serve a role in the continued success of the project. More than that, however, Plone has been successful for some time now. That success lies not just in the technology, but in the community as well, or if you prefer, the ecosystem.

What we have, then, is success that carries with it a history and a community that can't be abandoned without destroying that very success. That history and community also bring challenges with it. I myself find that my enjoyment of developing with Plone has kinda plateaued largely because I continue to have to deal with the code that is the legacy of that history.

The funny thing is that I don't find myself motivated as a crusader against that history wanting to rip it out wholesale. While this is a no-brainer in terms of the direction Plone development needs to take, I'm personally surprised by my motivations. I'm no longer so purely motivated as a developer. I'm genuinely excited to be a part of figuring out how to make Plone more fun and powerful for the whole community, users, themers, integrators, and developers alike.

How do we ditch old code without alienating large portions of the community when those portions of the community depend on their familiarity with the old code? How do we get developers excited about preserving continuity when we tend to prefer moving on? How do we make documentation sexy enough to attract and retain rock stars? How can we make preserving and improving performance as prestigious as adding new features?

I know I've changed because I can't imagine a more exciting set of questions to tackle. So yeah, I'm stoked to be a part of the FWT as we tackle exactly these issues in earnest. :)

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