"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Professional Plone Development

Martin Aspeli's new book just arrived from Amazon today. Even though I taught at the College of Santa Fe tonight until 9:30, I ripped into it and read the first 22 pages.

Nicely written. Clean style. I enjoyed Limi's Foreword. I learned a thing or two about Zope 2 and Zope 3 plus their relationship to Plone. All that in 22 pages. Gonna be a worthwhile read.

I believe it was Joel Burton who observed that the number of books published about a software system is a good indicator of the health and widespread adoption of that system. With Martin's latest entry into the CMS publishing lists, Plone continues to hold its own. Its clear that the number of books published and the number of books sold is an interesting integration of the number and level of activity of both the development community and the user community. Its difficult to reconcile this with other more common means of mensuration.

What does it mean that Plone has far more non-English translations of books out there? It speaks to Limi and Aspeli's observations that Plone the CMS is an artifact of Plone the community.

Now, off to measure that community....

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