Professional Plone Development

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You will gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts that underpin successful Plone development, including:

  • How to set up a suitable development environment
  • The importance of automated testing of any code you write
  • How to perform Plone customizations in a manageable, re-usable fashion
  • Techniques for branding Plone and changing its look and feel
  • How to safely install and manage third-party add-on components
  • How to create your own content types
  • How to create new forms and templates
  • Ways of interacting with external relational databases
  • Techniques for managing users and custom user metadata
  • Using Plone’s new AJAX framework to build dynamic user interfaces
  • How to set up Zope and Plone in a production environment
  • How to connect to an LDAP/Active Directory repository for authentication
  • How to configure a caching proxy to improve Plone's performance

Throughout the chapters, there is an emphasis on demonstrating key concepts with practical examples. The reader should be able to borrow from the examples to get up and running quickly, but refer to the explanations provided to fully appreciate what is going on under the hood.


Plone is an open-source content management framework, built on the top of the Zope application server and written in Python. As a ready-to-use Content Management System with a focus on usability, Plone makes it easy for content authors to create and edit web content.

Plone is also used by developers, as a framework for building content-centric web applications such as dynamic websites and intranets. This book focuses primarily on the developer-oriented aspect of Plone.

  • Plone development fundamentals
  • Customizing Plone
  • Developing new functionality
  • Real-world deployments


Page Count 420
Course Length 12 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781847191984
Date Of Publication 16 Sep 2007


Martin Aspeli

Martin Aspeli is an experienced Plone consultant and a prolific Plone contributor. He served on the Framework Team for Plone 3.0, and is responsible for many new features such as the improved portlets infrastructure, the “content rules” engine, and several R&D efforts relating to Plone 4.0. He is a former leader of the Plone Documentation Team and has written a number of well-received tutorials available on He is also the author of Professional Plone Development and was recognized in 2008 by Packt Publishing as one of the “Most Valuable People” in Open source Content Management Systems.