Thursday, November 20, 2008

News from Plone trunk

Some people following the developer mailing lists or blogosphere have noticed that Plone trunk has seen quite some interesting changes as of late.

Since I'm the current intermediate release manager for the upcoming Plone 4.0 release, I thought I might share some of those exciting news with you. The framework team for Plone 4.0 is currently being selected and will suggest a final release manager to the Plone Foundation board. I'm available as a candidate, but the decision is yet to be made.

Over the summer we have seen an amazing effort from some of our Google Summer of Code students and their mentor Sidnei who brought us Python 2.5 and 2.6 support for Zope trunk. This has been followed up by Sidnei and Matthew Wilkes and we can run Plone trunk with all Python versions from 2.4 up to 2.6 now.

In other news, we run Plone trunk based on the eggified Zope2 trunk as of last week. Thanks to David Glick for helping with some tough Acquisition related changes. This means we have moved our entire stack towards eggs. As a side effect of that move the amount of code we need to pull in from Zope2 has gotten a lot less. Instead of 105 zope and packages we only pull in 65 of them anymore. I'll post some current lines of code graphs soon.

The most amazing news has been unveiled by Malthe yesterday. I have been lucky enough to be in Copenhagen and cheer Malthe while he got Plone trunk running entirely based on Chameleon. While he posted some impressive numbers for the Chameleon versus ZPT comparison for Plone trunk, I thought I put this into perspective and compare it with Plone 3.2.

We have a 50% to more than 100% speed increase. And yes we get 16 requests per second out of a completely uncached front-page.

I included the number for the HTML filter control panel as an example of a somewhat complex formlib-based form. This gives you a hint, at what we can expect from a framework like dexterity when it comes to edit screens.

This is just the beginning of what we can do and I expect more performance improvements to come. We have seen a lot of improvements made to the content creation, catalog and search performance during the last year which still need to make it into Plone trunk.

With the next performance sprint in Bristol coming up in December, the future of Plone looks bright to me. And all of this just happens while we redefine the content editor and administration UI for Plone at the same time.

The future of Plone happens now,

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