No Hello World!
Oh how relieved I was when I saw that the book does recommend to create a page first and type Hello World. After only 9 pages, you get to add your first Course.
I also noted very positive that the book does talk about technical details where it is necessary (normal folders vs large folders) but also reminds the reader repeatedly to rethink his requirements by giving plenty of examples from the educational experience the author has. While Plone certainly has the qualities to cope with enterprise scale requirements, he shows alternatives how existing resources can be reused to get started quickly.
The book covers Plone extensions which are often requested in the educational environment, at least from my experience. So I was positively surprised to recognize a lot. It covers
- Calendar (incl recurring events!)
- Faculty and Staff Directory
- Blogs and Forums
- Audio and Video
- and Administration (setup, scaling, caching, maintenance, backup and upgrade)
I think that this book makes Plone accessible for non-technical people and shows thus that it is not restricted to enterprise set-ups but can well function in small and medium environments. All together I clearly recommend this. Not only for educational institutions, though. Also if you plan a site with a certain degree of customer-involvement, this might be the perfect start!
You can get the book from Packt (also as pdf) or Amazon.