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Blog Entry for Week Ending February 10

by O'Connell, Julianne last modified Feb 10, 2017 08:59 AM
Starting Plone site.

This week started off with a presentation on Plone by T. Kim Nguyen who currently is on the Plone Foundation Board as well as working for Wildcard Corp. He explained how Plone is an open source enterprise web content management system and told some history on the development of Plone. The presentation gave a larger picture of what Plone is. Plone is diverse being used by governments and corporations worldwide. It is versatile with its add-ons being able to be customized and shared. It is current with its constant development towards the newest features and software in computer science.


The main goal of the week was to start creating and learning how to navigate around a Plone site. My starting point was following the training at chapter 5 and chapter 6. Chapter 5 laid out points as user stories to keep in mind when creating a site and what the end product should have. Chapter 6 went through step by step how to create a Plone site and had exercises to help train a user how to navigate and customize it. Specifically I learned how to add, edit, view, and publish site folders and pages. I also added, edited and deleted users. However I did all of the exercises through the site rather than the terminal.


I had multiple difficulties, some which I still need to resolve, with setting up and using a site. The first occurred when I tried to configure a Mailserver. I managed to enter the data the form asked for but when testing I would get an error. Unfortunately this is a problem I still need to resolve but there was a solution offered by a classmate that I plan to try. Another difficulty was accessing the site by IP from outside of the virtual machine. Luckily the access problem was resolved with the help of others who experienced the same problem and their solution worked. Being able to use the site outside of the virtual machine helped the challenge of the site running very slow or delayed. It was frustrating to have to wait for every click. Another problem I had was using the command line to navigate and change the site. I tried typing valid commands and follow the training instructions but I kept getting errors or nothing would happen. I intend to retry using the command line and possibly asking others for advice.

The next week has multiple tasks to complete. There is a reading, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" an essay on the differences between open source and closed source software development. For the class, groups are being formed for the first project. I have a group and we are currently brainstorming project ideas that involve developing around Plone. Still being new to Plone the class is tasked with more training that delves into more specific topics and features with Plone. My immediate goals are to fix my unresolved problems with the site I created as well and becoming more familiar with Plone.

by O'Connell, Julianne last modified Feb 10, 2017 08:59 AM
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