[Grok-dev] Re: ANN: New Grok Powered Website

Martin Aspeli optilude at gmx.net
Thu Feb 21 16:00:02 EST 2008

Hi Kevin,

> I am pleased to announce the new http://www.montereycountyweekly.com 
> site powered by Grok/Zope3. It was soft-launched early December. The 
> site took approx. 8-9 months to build (5 months on the public face and 
> 3-4 months on the back end), has over 35,000+ pages (as indexed by 
> Google) and according to sloccount is composed of 15,430 lines of python 
> code.

Congratulations! The site looks really good! :-)

Is there a "sites using Grok" area on grok.zope.org? It'd be nice to get 
this up there, if you'll agree.

> Biggest hurdles: lack of export/import, moving large data sets, lack of 
> docs/examples (at the time), lack of layers and viewlets, Catalog 
> scaling limitations, lack of respect to how long it takes to build a 
> custom CMS from ground up, zc.buildout
> Biggest helpers: GROK SMASH ZCML, grok.View, hurry.query, groklets, a 
> renewed respect for ZPT's especially macros, Martijn's sense of humor, 
> Philipp's book, emacs, screen, open source in general, zc.buildout

Thanks for this list - I think it's it's very important that we capture 
these things.

I'm curious as to what the hurdles and helpers with zc.buildout were?

I'm also curious why you chose to write a CMS from scratch rather than 
use an existing one?


Author of `Professional Plone Development`, a book for developers who
want to work with Plone. See http://martinaspeli.net/plone-book

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