I’m at “Plone Magic Camp” this weekend to learn about the Plone content management system, programming and designing in Plone. (For web geeks: Plone is an open source CMS built on top of the Zope framework which is written in the Python programming language.) Going to “Magic Camp” I was hoping to get a wand or a floppy hat, but alas all I got was a tee-shirt.
I have dabbled with Plone in the past, building an earlier version of my website in Plone, as well as launching a community-populable calendar for the United Nations NGO community. It’s pretty easy to work with even for a dummy like me, which you can skin and customize without too many headaches. However I’m no programmer or scripter, so everytime some Plone product I was using broke I was generally in the dark about how to proceed. So this year I switched to the less powerful but virtually bug-free Typepad service.
Being here I realize that I really need to learn CSS, since that skill will apply across whatever CMS or web platform I have to work with in the future.