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

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Theming Plone 3, Day 2

Just finished Joel Burton's excellent intensive two-day mini-course on Theming Plone 3. Good stuff. Learned tons about many, many intricacies of 3.1. This is critical as we need to upgrade our many existing 2.5 sites and start implementing new portals with the most recent technology.

Leslie Molecke from the City of Albuquerque web portal team had recommended Joel's bootcamps. They took his training last year and it was extremely helpful. Take a look at http://www.cabq.gov/albuquerquegreen for some of their handiwork.

Having been through a mini-bootcamp now, I can recommend it (or better still, the full-length version) to anyone working in Plone. Even dyed-in-the-wool Pythonistas are guaranteed to learn
something about the way Plone skins and themes its pages. Seems like every hour, even if the topic was elementary CSS, I learned several useful tidbits. Worth every penny, assuming that pennies have any worth after this week's market crashes.

Meanwhile, its 7:30 EDT here at the hotel and I'm taking a break from grading papers for Database Design. Too bad the Pentagon City Marriott is so far from the Plone Conference social evening up at the Science Hall near Dupont Circle. Have to miss this one.

Tomorrow the 2008 Conference begins and it looks to be full of great talks and tutorials. I'll be looking for Nate Aune and Mark Corum to discuss Plone marketing, statistics, metrics, and advocacy.

Nate sent me a fairly recent link I'd missed -- http://www.waterandstone.com/resources.html as well as pointers to a couple of his pages -- http://www.openplans.org/projects/plone-marketing/metrics-and-statistics and http://www.openplans.org/projects/plone-marketing/metrics. More on these as I have time to digest them.

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