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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,795,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This comprehensive guide is for Plone website administrators and developers. Whether you are new to Plone, are already running Plone websites, or would like to be able to build custom Plone solutions, this is the book for you. With something for everyone, from complete beginners, to those with a working knowledge of Python and Zope, to seasoned experts, this book will help you gain a deep understanding of Plone.

About the Author

J. Cameron Cooper has been playing around on the web since there wasn't much of a web with which to play around. He was introduced to Zope right around the time it came out and quickly saw the light, but only after graduating from Rice University in 2002 (a few years too late for the dot-com boom) did he begin to make any money from it. He has followed the CMF and Plone for most of their lives, too, and built most of the groups interface for Plone, under the sponsorship of the Connexions Project [cnx.rice.edu], among other contributions. He lives in Houston, Texas and wears many hats.

Customer Reviews

I find this book to be confusing at best, maybe because it tries to cover too much ground.
Cyrille Bonnet
Building Websites With Plone by J. Cameron Cooper is a very useful book for beginners as well as experienced Plone developers.
Sandeep Gohad
Well written and very well editied unlike other Plone books it is a pleasure to read and study.
Kenneth A. Wood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought Andy McKay's "The Definitive Guide to Plone" and while it may indeed be that, it is not something for the newcomer to Plone to dive right into. McKay is really for the system developer who is charged with installing, configuring and extending Plone. It's not for content managers, and I find myself more in that category these days.

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Wood on December 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
JCCooper did a splendid job on writing Building Websites with Plone. As a newbie to Plone and Zope, I need all the help I can get.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandeep Gohad on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Building Websites With Plone by J. Cameron Cooper is a very useful book for beginners as well as experienced Plone developers.

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

* Security

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Preemie Mommy on October 10, 2005
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I have another book on Plone which is not as well organized, in-depth, or easy to understand as Cooper's own book. Thanks for finally publishing a comprehensive, worthwhile book on Plone!!!
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