[Grok-dev] The state of Grok projects in the cooking

Aroldo Souza-Leite asouzaleite at gmx.de
Thu Sep 29 02:45:30 EST 2011

Hi Sebastian,

thanks for the initiative.

Since IT ages, the Bonn based company I do most of my consulting work 
for has been running larger and smaller extranet applications for an 
important group of German business lobby societies.  Everything is based 
on Grok. I have only one "problem" as a consultant: Grok is too good and 
stable (!!!), modules of one application are too easily reusable in new 
applications, all applications are easily scalable, Grok based 
development can be done with low company resource usage, and everything 
is running too well - on older Grok versions. So that it's a real 
political effort for me everytime I try to persuade the customers to 
update the platform once in a while... but I don't stop trying.

Thanks folks for the great Job.


On 16.09.2011 10:43, Sebastian Ware wrote:
> Since we have quite low traffic on the Grok mailing lists I thought it would be nice to hear what projects people are currently working on with Grok.
> At Urbantalk we are currently using Grok for all our webb app development. We are super happy with both the development and deployment story! You guys have done a truly excellent job!!!
> - We are maintaining two industry specific search engines with extensive community features. It uses the stock zope catalog components (scaled for up to 500k visitors per month)
> - We are actively developing a video-cms with video-ads and payment options. We have used gp.upload and iframes for concurrent file upload with progressbar. Nginx and third-party CDN for video delivery
> - We are actively developing a multilingual iPad/desktop browser-publishing solution running for a couple of clients with integrated Facebook and Twitter push publishing
> - We are maintaining a webb-client based digital signage/cctv solution
> - We are implementing a backend CMS for a calendar iPhone-app
> - We are about to launch a subscription based e-commerce solution with PayPal-integration. It is used for handling magazine subscriptions
> - We are continuously developing our internal issue and time tracking solution with ad-hoc production planning capabilities
> - We have a SCRUM sprint tracking solution with nice charts and stuff
> All our applications are using AJAX-template injection using a thin Mootools client so we are heavily dependent on PageTemplates and grok.JSON. We will at some point migrate to a better performing templating language.
> Mvh Sebastian
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