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Plone 3.3 Site Administration
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While the book target audience is claimed to be everyone interested in becoming more familiar with how to professionally manage Plone sites, I've found most of the book very, very basic. If you know how to use a terminal, a text editor and a browser, you're likely not going to have many problems following the detailed tiny-step-by-tiny-step instructions provided in the book. However, the reader might feel sometimes like a script-kiddie, executing commands and adding sections to his/her buildout without really understanding fully what he/she's doing (and why) and thus unable to confidently change the configuration. This is specially true in the last chapters of the book.
The writing style is always casual and easy. Alex gets directly to the point without much bla-bla. The downside is that Alex sometimes uses some concepts (like Five, FSDVs or CMF) in the book without previous introduction or pointers to further documentation. But of course, you can always rely on Google. For some questions the reader might have, Alex has opted for a short-answer/medium-answer/long-answer schema that, while the division is not always perfect, helps the reader to decide how in deep does he/she want to go.Read more ›
After having read the first two chapters with excelent procedures for installing Python, basic packages, a C compiler and finally Plone, I got a little confused when I faced some non administration-related sections like "Customizing site navigation", "Adding new content types" and the "Appearence" chapter. These sections, with buildout specific examples though, were a little off topic in my humblest opinion.
Anyway, after those pages, I dived into *the* Plone Administration reference book I was seeking:
* In detail LDAP integration (chapter 4)
* Essential maintenance tasks like backing-up, packing and log-rotating (chapter 5)
* Excelent step-by-step recipes to configure several alternatives to de facto industry standard web servers, cache servers and load balancers (chapter 6)
* Straightforward and very useful security tips (chapter 7)
I particularly liked the way the author summarizes all the buildout configuration options exposed across the whole book in "Analyzing the contents of our buildout", chapter 8.
It's true that most of the topics coverd in the book can be found in other already published books or online references, but what technical book is not?
As I said above, Plone 3.3. Site Administration is, for me, the Plone Administration reference that was missing and thankfuly is already with us!