[Zope-PTK] PTK - Putting it all together

Dennis Nichols nichols@tradingconnections.com
Tue, 18 Apr 2000 11:48:40 -0500

Greetings Zope-PTKists -

I need help understanding how to make this leap:

1. I can successfully install the PTK (ie, the
    installed products PTKBase and PTKDemo plus
    the [no adjective] product DemoPortal) and
    make a portal with them. No problem.

2. Although the PTK seems to do much of what
    I want, I'm going to have to make several
    mods/additions. It is completely beyond me
    (at the moment) how it is intended that I
    take the PTK pieces and make a portal look
    and act the way that I want.

What I think I know:
o I should NOT be customizing DemoPortal [per
   mailing list message from Mike to Philipp Dunkel
   on 26 Feb 2000]
o I should make my own equivalent of DemoPortal
   that uses PTKBase (and PTKDemo?) to do what
   I need. But how?

I've looked at everything I can find (documents, HowTo's, mailing list 
archives) but there is something missing for me. Maybe I could write a 
HowTo if I could only figure out how PTK is intended to be used.

Note: This is not a question about understanding the smaller pieces such as 
Python, HTML, OO, etc. Rather, it is about a larger understanding. I guess 
my question could be restated as:

    Given that I can successfully install
    and run Zope/PTK/ZServer, how do I take
    the PTK and make *my* site from it?

Dazed and Wandering,

Dennis Nichols