Evolving Bits

Tue Aug 28 2007

Blogging on Plone 3: Looking forward to Quills 1.6

Quills definitely seems the way to go for blogging in Plone 3 - it's nicely engineered in a Zope 3 style and much work has gone into it recently during the Quills development via Google Summer of Code.

I had planned to create this blog using the latest Quills 1.6 trunk to learn both about blogging and "blogging on Plone" -- so downloaded and gave it a try. It installed ok on Plone 3, but I ran into errors posting blogs and playing with the portlets -- to be expected during early beta testing.

I'm also intrigued with QuillsEnabled (currently in alpha) - which leverages the Quills family of products, but takes the approach of adding blog functionality to ordinary Plone content. This pattern is also used in Plone getpaid to allow ordinary Plone content to be marked Payable so that it then takes on additional functionality such as a price and a way to add the item to your shopping cart.

I'm looking forward to following the progress of Quills (nice work Tim Hicks!), and as things become more stable I envision my next blog projects using Quills.

In the meantime, I look forward to learning more about blogging and blogging software through Wordpress, which is an impressive and fun blogging solution.