Report from Plone Open Garden 2017
This is a summary of the discussions at Plone Open Garden 2017 in Sorrento
Report authors: Christine Baumgartner, Jens Klein, Fred Van Dijk
Plone Roadmap and Future Directions
Plone community members from around the world once again met for the 11th Plone Open Garden (PLOG) at the Hotel Mediterraneo in beautiful Sorrento, Italy, from April 18 to April 22, 2017.
The aim of the gathering near Naples was
- to discuss and refine the roadmap for Plone 6
- to continue work on the new Plone Headless CMS initiative
PLOG’s new stewards
“PLOG is a strategic sprint for the Plone community,” explained Jens Klein, a returning attendee from Austria and member of the Plone Framework Team.
For the first time since PLOG's founding by Abstract Technology in 2007, the organization of the sprint was handed off to the general Plone community. Thanks to the gracious efforts of Abstract’s Vicente Barone, Rosario Savarese, and Maurizio Delmonte, the transfer went off without a hitch, continuing the tried-and-true formula that has worked for years.
“Networking, getting a feeling of current directions of the project, and identifying integrators' operational needs” are the reasons why Christian Theune traveled to PLOG from Germany to participate in discussions.
New opportunities with the Plone Headless CMS
In contrast, Plone as a back end storage system is stable, secure, and scalable, and comes with a complete, time-tested set of data management, workflow, and authorization functions.
In a video presentation at PLOG, Ramon Navarro-Bosch from Barcelona and Nathan Van Gheem from Green Bay, USA, shared their experiences experimenting in depth with the headless CMS approach using an Angular-based client with Plone’s REST API.
Eric Bréhault from Toulouse, France, travelled to Sorrento to join the work being done on the headless CMS initiative. “I came to PLOG because I wanted to present its current status, discuss strategy and see how it could fit in the Plone roadmap.”
Timo Stollenwerk from Bonn, Germany, presented by video the current status of the Plone REST API design, which follows best practices and the latest standards.
Maurits van Rees came to PLOG from Rotterdam seeking “Confirmation that we are not doing overly weird things that are just the pipe dream of individuals, but doing things that are actually possible for us, as a community.”
New UI/UX concept: Pastanaga
The draft of a fresh mobile first UI/UX concept created by Albert Casado was presented by Víctor Fernández of Barcelona. The concept is to make authoring content easy by focusing on the tools needed. The concept UI is named Pastanaga, meaning "carrot" in Catalan. While the concept is still in its initial stages, the community hopes to refine it and user it at future sprints.
“Albert is doing a terrific job!” said Gil Forcada Codinachs, Plone's continuous integration guru from Berlin.
The Roadmap: the future of Plone
“The most important outcome is the roadmap we agreed on,” explained Eric Bréhault.
According to Jens Klein, “The roadmap shows what we want to have, in which Plone version. We plan to not have a major Plone 6 release immediately, but wait for user-visible changes that will come with the new Pastanaga user interface”.