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Come improve Dexterity at the Tahoe Snow Sprint

by David Glick posted Jan 12, 2010 02:46 PM
This year the West Coast is hosting our own version of the infamous Snow Sprint. I'm really looking forward to spending a week coding, hanging out with Plonistas, and playing in the snow at the upcoming Tahoe Snow Sprint, organized by David Brenneman (dbfrombrc) and coming to California's Sierra Nevada this March 15-19.

The goal of the sprint is to improve the Dexterity content type framework (a modern alternative to Archetypes created by Martin Aspeli and others). As part of the Dexterity team, I want to offer the following list of potential projects to help get your creative juices flowing.

At the sprint, you could...


Implement one of Dexterity's missing features, such as:

Fix some of the other outstanding issues in the Dexterity issue tracker.

Create a ZopeSkel template for Dexterity-based projects.

Improve the through-the-web content type editor.

  • improve usability and/or sexiness
  • add UI for exporting types for work on the filesystem
  • add support for defining vocabularies
  • add support for selecting/configuring custom widgets

Create an editor that allows through-the-web editing of new behaviors (which can then be applied to existing types in a schema-extender-like fashion.)

Add a view editor to accompany the through-the-web schema editor. Deco is coming and will be great, but in the meantime it would be nice to at least have something that generates a basic view template based on your schema and then lets you tweak it and export it to the filesystem.

Build a better workflow editor to accompany the above.

Write a guide to migrating Archetypes-based content types to Dexterity. Or build a tool to do it automatically.

Create replacements for the ATContentTypes types using Dexterity types.

Determine how to handle existing content items sanely when editing schemas.

Devise a PloneFormGen successor that stores its schema in a fashion similar to Dexterity, and makes it easy to convert a form + results into a full-blown content type. Bonus points if the form editing is done using Deco. :)


There are so many interesting possibilities I'm having trouble deciding what to focus on myself. Space is limited, so if any of this strikes your fancy, head on over to Coactivate and sign right up to join us at the sprint!
Carsten Senger says:
Jan 13, 2010 12:48 AM
Wow, that's excactly matching the time the Cathedral Sprint(http://www.coactivate.org/projects/cathedral-sprint-2010/). I would be surprised if it's just coincidence. We should name it Intercontinental Plone Sprint Week.
Martin Aspeli says:
Jan 12, 2010 03:15 PM
+1 to all of that :-)<p>I won't be able to be there, but I'll try to support remotely if I can.
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