[Zope-CMF] Re: Some first steps with CMF2

yuppie y.2006_ at wcm-solutions.de
Tue Feb 28 11:56:18 EST 2006

Hi David!

David Pratt wrote:
> My first question has to do with GenericSetup. I have portals that 
> require the adding of a variety of tools etc. So first off how/where do 
> I create my site configuration so that I can create clones with my own 
> configuration instead of default?

In general it should be easier to customize a site and create the 
profile by exporting the site configuration compared to customizing the 
XML files directly.

A tarball import function is still missing, so the easiest way to use 
your own profiles is creating a small product that registers your profile.

There are two possible strategies for creating your profiles:

1.) Create your own base profile(s)

pro: This is an automated process because exports are always base profiles.

con: You create a lot of redundant configuration data that will become 
hard to maintain if the default profiles are changed or you need many 
similar configurations.

2.) Create your own extension profile(s)

pro: It just represents the difference to the base profile and other 
extension profiles. Keeping track of changes in those profiles is an 
automated process.

con: While a diff helps you to identify changes between two profiles 
creating an extension profile is manual work.

> Second, does CMF now support products as a package instead? If so where 
> are the packages to be located for CMF and is there some sort of code 
> somewhere that would exemplify an approach for moving my own products 
> forward.

It is not officially supported but it might work with the latest Five / 
pythonproducts code. I haven't tried it so far.

> I see that five views are now available for default types. This is very 
> exciting. How would one deal with the main portal template?

The main_template is one of the oldest parts of the CMFDefault skin. I 
guess it needs a major refactoring if we port it to five views. For now 
you customize it the old way or make your own experiments.

> Last question has to do with formlib. Does this integration exist in 
> CMF2 currently?

CMF doesn't integrate Zope 3 features faster than Five. CMF 2.0 just 
requires Zope 2.9 (Five 1.3) which has no formlib support. Maybe CMF 2.1 
will use formlib and maybe you can already do useful things with the 
latest Five code and formlib in CMF 2.0.

> Sorry for so many questions but I am really pumped about the changes and 
> I am anxious to begin moving things over.

You are welcome!



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