I just received a copy of Plone 3 for Education from Packt. I’m planning a review once I’ve put it through its paces, but in the meantime I wanted to send along my first impressions.
The general focus of the book is on course creation, but it appears to cover a lot of the “eventualies” of using Plone in an educational environment (“eventually, you’ll need a staff directory”… “eventually you’ll want to embed media”). Very promising.
The book is on the thin side. From skimming through, it doesn’t seem to be a problem though. The sections are arranged in a fairly logical order, content creation up front and skinning, then deployment at the end.
The book is comprised of (relatively) short, cookbook-style, “if you want to do this, here’s how” sections. Right to the point. This is very promising. It should make the book a good reference as well as a tutorial.
I an very interested in getting into the technical aspects of the book, but I’m especially anxious to see how well it works from an even less-than-anticipated level of technical ability. The book’s target audience includes “makers of school websites… tech-savvy teachers… and seasoned software developers” (from the back of the book), and “web masters… and enterprising faculties” (from the preface), but it shows real promise as being suitable as a next-step for people who already have some basic plone skills and want an easy-to-follow guide for doing something practical. Especially for those of us in an educational environment.
I’ve got my fingers crossed :)
I’ll post a full review soon. Erik has a good reputation in the community, and a knack for explaining things well, so I’ve got high hopes.
There’s a sample chapter available on calendaring, if you’d like to read more of the book than I have at this point ;)
One side note: the cover of the book has a yellow rose on it. Classy. I guess it’s there because of Erik’s last name. I wish Packt would take a cue from O’Reilly and explain the covers of their books in a colophon, but it’s a fair assumption.
This is cool, but one hopes we’re looking at a special case and not a standard practice.
The mind wonders to strange places when contemplating what they’d put on a book authored by someone with a last name like, say, Johnson. :P