Monthly Archives: March 2010

IMW, Athens and Cathedral sprints

I’ve attended 3 sprints in the past month. Sprints are a great way to learn new Plone techniques and of course to meet fellow plonistas. I love the fact that I was able to attend 3 in just one month. Next one on the schedule: Plone Sauna Sprint in Helsinki in the end of July.

IMW mini sprint

During the second International Motivational Weekend organized by LC Munich near Salzburg, Austria, the EESTEC IT Team got together and fixed some issues on eestec.net. In a short period of time we managed to squash several bugs and updated content on the site. A full report at eestec.net/news-and-offers/itt-mini-sprint-report.

Cathedral print

Then came the Plone Cathedral Sprint 2010 which is a first ‘proper’ Plone sprint I attended.

From day 1 I loved being there, working with Plone rock stars on the future releases of Plone 4.x. I helped Denys Mishunov on search results page improvements (plone.app.search package) which will hopefully ship with Plone 4.1. Signing the Contributor Agreement I was accepted into the Plone core developers family and I immediately committed some code. Yaay!

Read the whole report on Jarn’s blog.

Athens sprint

Finally, another sprint during an EESTEC event, this time an annual Congress, the IT Team got together to do some hacking. Florian, Joni and me spent the whole week in the lobby of Hotel Titania.

We started where we left in Skopje in November 2009. Commiting everything that was done on the server in the meantime and lots of code cleanup. We created an issue tracker so all eestecers can tell us what is wrong: eestec.net/workspaces/it-team/it-team-issue-tracker.

Then came the most important task of the week: sphinx powered developer and user documentation. We spent the majority of the week documenting code, ideas behind it and general usage of the site. Extensive documentation of the system is now available at docs.eestec.net!

New project – BigContentSearch.com

Last week we introduced a new project – BigContentSearch.com. It will be the first PLR membership website on the internet with over 100,000 articles in a searchable database.

Since we are dealing with a huge amount of data, we want to use Plone 4 with it’s out-of-the-box blob storage capabilities. Since Plone 4 is still in it’s alpha release, the site is still a bit buggy but it works in general.

We’ll be starting with closed beta release in the following days and give away some free memberships to get the first feedback.

Later on we’ll be integrating ClickBank to enable affiliate marketers to sale our product. More information about our affiliate program on bigaffiliateprogram.com.

The site is currently in pre-public stage, running on plr.niteoweb.com and not on it’s soon-to-be public domain bigcontentsearch.com.

Follow us on the project’s blog.