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Building Websites with Plone: An in-depth and comprehensive guide to the Plone content management system. Paperback – November 25, 2004
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I managed to familiarize myself with the basics by searching through the Plone.org website, but I still didn't really have a very good vision of the scope of Plone, how it could be used, or how it should best be configured for my use. Even looking at sites that used Plone, had a lot of questions about how it could be used in my applications.
Enter Cooper's book. This is an excellent all-encompassing guide that lays out what Plone is, what it can be made into, and how to go about creating usable Plone sites. Perfect for the absolute beginner, the web designer, content manager, or the developer looking for guidance on what can be done with Plone. Five minutes thumbing through it in a local shop convinced me I needed to add this one to my library.
JCC provides very good examples of how Plone works and why it works.
Well written and very well editied unlike other Plone books it is a pleasure to read and study.
The book is based on Plone 2.0 series, so some specifics might not work with the older versions. The book assumes that you are familiar with ZOPE and python.
It covers almost all aspects of Plone:
* Installation of Plone
* Plone web interface, control panel, ZMI controls
* Users and permisions
* Design and architecture
* Extending and writing Plone tools,plone products
* Database connectivity with Plone
The first 2 chapters cover the basics and installation part, the third chapter "Managing Plone" starts with the basics of ZOPE. So even if you are not so familiar with ZOPE, you can learn about it in this chapter, this chapter also covers ZMI, Plone Control Panel, Add/Remove Products,Error Log, Mail settings, Portal Settings, Skins, User and Groups administration. Some of the concepts related to ZOPE are not easy to understand if you are new to ZOPE. So I would suggest that you have a look at ZOPE before you read this chapter. Other chapters look at core Plone matters.
I think chapters "Writing Plone Tools" and "Using Relational management Systems" are not explained in-depth although they are sufficient to give you an overview. Chapter 12 "Integration" includes the Apache, FTP and web services like REST, XML-RPC ,SOAP. Again these topics are very important and demands priority .Chapter 13 "Performance and Optimization" covers ZODB,Z SQL and the information on setting up Plone to use multiple machines in several tiers. I think this chapter is explained very well. chapter "Securing Plone " covers
the security aspects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a little helpful, but it's not the books fault. The fact that we upgraded to Plone 4 and this book is for Plone 3 and the developers changed it so much between... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Jason Taylor
I bought them both and find this one more complete with a more authoritative exposition.Published on June 26, 2007 by Jonathan
Yes, we need more books on Plone, in particular of the introductory kind. Unfortunately, this is not the one. Read morePublished on June 12, 2005 by Helge Skrivervik