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Professional Plone Development: Building robust, content-centric web applications with Plone 3, an open source Content Management System by Martin Aspeli

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The Plone Community, and Why You Belong There

The word “community” permeates any discussion on what Plone is, and where it came from. In practical terms, Plone may be a piece of software, but in the truest sense, Plone is first and foremost a community. In the words of Paul Everitt, “Plone, the software is an artifact of Plone, the community.”

Almost all of Plone’s core contributors are friends in real life. They arrange “sprints”—short, intense development sessions—sometimes in exotic locations like an Austrian castle, a former military base on a Norwegian island, and a cabin high up in the Alps. There is an annual conference and usually a symposium or two throughout the year. And every day, the developers meet in online chat rooms and on mailing ...

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