Plone as a CMS as our users see it is, usually, that ugly sunburst theme (sorry about the ugly word, but in more then 50% of cases thats true) with all those buttons which do things so users can put "stuff" on the web. Without heavy customization of our Plone site its hard to convince users that Plone is nice to them. And simply creating a theme is already a heavy customization, even if we use Diazo.
As a Plone developer I get frustrated on daily basis that I just cannot use all those cool things I see developers from other frameworks writing about it. And if I decided to use it, I have to resort to some extra magic which makes upgrading to next version of Plone next to almost impossible.
We finally reached a point where all of said above will change.
We call it Plone 5.
And its coming.
It's goint to be awesome.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need YOU to start using Mockup project NOW. Test it. Report bugs and fix broken stuff. Even better improve it. Do it!
Its already possible to start using improved set of widgets via plone.app.widgets package in Plone 4.3 and if something is not working, get involved and fix it.
I understand its hard to invest into knew technology when you're on budget and under tight deadlines. But if possible give Mockup try. Mockup development workflow was "designed" to make whole working process of front-end more budget efficient.
I hope by now, you're asking HOW to get involved? or WHERE to start?.
Old farts (Plone veterans)
Existing Plone developers who want to learn how Mockup is working and how to use it in next project.
My training is on 30th of September and will last whole day. (signup for it here.)
I can promise you that regarding you starting knowledge, by the end of the training you be ready to productively send code back while being high on whiskey.
Sign up and hope to see you in great number.
Plone 5 here we come!