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The Definitive Guide to Plone Paperback – July 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 068-9253152942 ISBN-10: 1590593294

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  • Series: Definitive Guides
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (July 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590593294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy McKay is a principal of Enfold Systems and an active contributor to a variety of Python-based open source projects. He is also a core developer of the Plone content management system. McKay maintains ZopeZen.org, a website dedicated to Zope-based applications and Zope extensions.

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Andy McKay's book is exactly what I needed to fill the gap in my understanding of Plone.
Ales Kavsek
Overall, this book is useful not only to the beginners but also to the experienced Zope, CMF and Plone programmers.
Munwar Shariff
It's clear the author knows a great deal about Plone and he knows how to convey it in a clear and concise manner.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Sharma on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Earlier this year I was evaluating a couple of content management systems (e.g., Bricolage, Typo3, Plone) for a project. Every system had compelling features, but Plone provided the best overall feature set (e.g., search, templating, workflow, user management) in a single package. Plone runs on top of Zope, a popular Python-based open source web application server. Many consider Zope to be Python's killer-app, similarly Plone may be one of Zope's killer-apps. After my initial experimentation with Plone, I was really impressed with its ease of use and the power and flexibility of its page templating system. Strengths aside, Plone's online documentation did not adequately address advanced topics. I often found myself sifting through bits of online howtos and other people's examples to understand how to do certain things. Not only was this time consuming but also hit-or-miss.

Enter The Definitive Guide to Plone by Andy McKay. This book provides a series of task-driven chapters with practical information necessary for you to develop great web applications in Plone. The reader is assumed to be knowledgeable about HTML, CSS, the Web, and Python (for advanced features of Plone). Each chapter begins with an overview of what will be covered and uses examples to clarify concepts. A novice user can read cover to cover and come away with a working knowledge of Plone and be able to create relatively sophisticated web sites. A more advanced user can skim the chapter outline, pick and choose topics of interest and quickly find answers.

Who is the author? Andy McKay is a core developer of the Plone CMS project and an active contributor to a variety of Python-based open source projects. McKay also maintains ZopeZen.org, a web site dedicated to Zope applications and extensions.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on July 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
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I started using Zope almost 2 years ago, and I discovered Plone in its early stages when looking for something that worked out-of-the-box. It is easy to install a Plone site, but it is not so easy to customize or build around Plone without some fundamentals. Andy McKay solved this problem and others for me creating The Definitive Guide to Plone.
I bought the book last week, and I have read all 13 chapters and skimmed through chapter 14. I had previously read a fair amount of documents and howtos about Plone and Zope, such as the Zope Book, Plone Book (covering version 1), or "Zope Web Application Development and Content Management." However, I could not understand fully how Plone 2 used different technologies, and I was somewhat confused. After reading "The Authoritative Guide to Plone" I feel confident about what is really going on behind the scenes or at least were to look for answers. As a consequence, I believe that I can experiment and develop new products on my own the right way. The book covers every aspect I was looking for with detail and even some extra aspects I did not know about, these provided the necessary structure to my perceptions about Plone.
The content of the book is valuable taking into consideration both Windows and Unix-like users. The book's content, which includes practical connections between different subjects, flows with a thoughtful structure, and it moves to broader concepts after reviewing the fundamentals. McKay does a outstanding job exposing the material. There have been several "what-if" situations about which I had been wondering, but McKay covered successfully those scenarios a couple of pages after.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ales Kavsek on January 8, 2005
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My Plone adventure started a couple of months ago when I decided that it's time to migrate our internal techie website powered by Movable Type, to some more powerful, CMS kind of platform. Looked into several open-source CMS products, among all of them the official Plone site alone impressed me enough to stop the quest. I liked clean user interface, features, an excellent Windows installer and nevertheless the fact that it's built on top of the Zope which means I can use Python, my preferred programming language, to extend out of the box Plone functionality in the future.

I started with Julie C. Meloni book "Plone Content Management Essentials" which is a great introduction type of the text, however it doesn't cover technical details or explain well what is really going on under the hood. Andy McKay's book is exactly what I needed to fill the gap in my understanding of Plone. I admit that I had some difficulties putting together all the technical pieces, mostly because Plone (Zope) is so different from web related packages that I dealt with them so far. Thanks to this book I learned a lot more than I really expected (maybe even wanted?) at the beginning. Plone is definitely much more powerful and sophisticated package than I thought. If you're interested into some serious development or customization of your Plone powered site, you'll definitely need this book at hand in addition to official Zope Book. It covers all important topics that I can think off, from simple to advance customizations, templating, scripting, workflow, security, administration...honestly I felt "lost" sometimes while trying to grasp the more advanced concepts, but this is more of the consequence of ignorance from my part on the subject than the author fault.
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