[triangle-zpug] Another Plone book
cbc at unc.edu
Mon Nov 22 16:13:44 CET 2004
Tom Bryan wrote:
> I just stumbled across another Plone book: Plone Fast Track; The basics of
> building a content-management system with Plone, By Julie Meloni. Anyone
> heard anything good or bad about this one, yet?
The author has written a string of books on PHP for Sams and Premier.
The book you reference is for Sams. In fact, she wrote what is probably
the most widely read book on web development: "Sams Teach Yourself PHP,
MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours."
No one in the Plone community has heard of the author in connection with
Ploone before her book. She has not participated in the mailing lists,
the sprints, the IRC channel, or either of the conferences and has not
contributed any code.
As such, it appears that Meloni's book is a commission from a publisher
to an off the shelf tech writer. She wrote a bestseller (which, as far
as I can tell, is a bestseller more because it packages LAMP into a
single volume any script kiddie can follow) and thus was a candidate to
whip out a product for the next hot topic. I have not seen the book. But
then I'm not in a hurry because, in my experience, you'd have to be
involved with the Plone community in order to speak authoritatively on
Some news: Michael Pelletier, the author of The Zope Book, has a book
called Plone Live coming out the end of December. What makes this book
remarkable is that it will be based on Plone 2.1, which is due out the
end of January. Michael is working with prerelease Plone 2.1 to make
sure there is documentation for Plone 2.1 when the release is made.
What makes this release remarkable is that CMF is going out the window
with Plone 2.1. Plone 2.1 will have the same reliance on interfaces that
have been built into Zope 3. This is a result of the Castle Sprint right
before the Plone2 Conference, where Zope Corp and all the major Zope
CMSs agreed to use interfaces and have a common CMS interface-based API.
Plone 2.1 also has migration scripts to convert CMF-based Plone content
from previous Plone sites to the new CMF-less Archetypes-based Plone
content types of Plone 2.1.
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