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Blog Entry for Week Ending February 17

by O'Connell, Julianne last modified Feb 17, 2017 02:59 PM
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The second week has ended. The class started the week with a discussion about the essay "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric Raymond. It was interesting to hear the different ideas and interpretations of the numerous notions stated in the essay. There were some conflicts between classmates, but for the most part came to a mutual understanding that with any rule of thumb or statement there can be certain situations where it is more or less appropriate.  The essay tied into our class by giving good software developing tips which we as developers can use on our class projects and outside of class with future jobs.

We, as a class, are still learning more about Plone. We had to read chapters 7,8,11, and 12. Chapter 7 talked about Zope, a web application framework that Plone runs on top of. The chapter gave a brief history about how an Apache server was used before Zope as well as explaining what CMF (Content Management Framework) is and providing a larger understanding of its use. Chapter 8 explained themes and other customizable options with Plone such as content types that we later practiced creating and editing. Chapter 11 also explained content types as a way of extending a Plone site. While mentioning add-ons and packages, the chapter also explained extending a site through components which allows a file to be edited while loaded. Lastly, chapter 12 provided a list of add-ons as well as how to install them.

As further training we were asked to complete chapter 13 which had us create content types and add them to our site. I didn't find any trouble in this exercise. It was interesting, I was able to create forms that affected the site as a whole. If that type was added so was the custom form I made for it.

Besides training, we began talking about the class project more. We officially formed our groups, usually consisting of three people, and brain stormed what we would like to do for our project. My group thought of some ideas like a data graph, voting polls, and word filter. We need to check if Plone has these ideas already, and if we are even capable in coding them. We were told there could be some complications with not being able to code them to be compatible with Plone or creating too large of a project. Our group is using freenode.net to communicate with each other and the professor. I was confused by the instructions slightly with the commands but was able to figure them out and had no further issues.

In the previous blog I stated a few goals I wanted to achieve, one being to edit my Plone site through the terminal and another was to fix my mailing configuration problem. The week became busy and I was unable to achieve either, but so far there has not been an immediate need for either. I will probably put them in the back of my head until seeing a need since for the next week we were given more tasks. For week three, we need to read another essay, continue with Plone training, and keep brain storming project ideas with our group.

by O'Connell, Julianne last modified Feb 17, 2017 02:59 PM
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