The Cioppino Sprint was recently held in Bodega Bay, CA.
The Cioppino Sprint was recently held in Bodega Bay, CA. It was a beautiful location for a gathering of awesome Plone folks; and much was accomplished. Unfortunately on the second morning of the sprint, we were all deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dorneles Treméa.
I didn’t know Dorneles very well, but he was certainly someone I idolized during my initial Plone fascination days (e.g. “Who are all these cool people with such cool names!”). And after digging through my old emails, I now remember we had several pleasant exchanges over the years.
In particular, I have this memory of Dorneles and Alan Runyan sitting together at the Plone Conference 2008 sprint, smiling and working on their laptops. Before his death, it was just a random image that would occasionally pop into my head. Now, it’s something I’ll remember him by.
We also corresponded briefly about his ExternalStorage add-on for Plone, around the time we upgraded plone.org from Plone 2.5 to Plone 3.0 (circa 2008), as well as traded emails about his invitation to attend Plone Conference 2008 in DC (for his visa application).
The funniest thing he ever said to me was when I was making the rounds asking for donations for Plone Conference 2008. He replied,
“Are you aware that you’re talking with a 3rd world citizen?”
I’m not sure if I offended him, or what. But it struck me funny at the time (and he went on to joke about how donations usually flow in the other direction, ending with his tongue stuck out i.e. ”:-p”). It also reminded me of one the things I love most about Plone: the opportunity (I may never get otherwise) to correspond/collaborate with cool, passionate people all over the world.
To me, Dorneles was one of the living embodiments of the coolness and worldliness of the Plone project.
My condolences and best wishes to his family, I hope you know how much he meant to so many folks in the Plone and Python communities. And just how many lives he touched with his work. And goodbye Dorneles; though I knew you very little, I will miss you very much. May your legacy live on, long in to the future.
Incidentally, if you would like to give money to help support Dorneles’ family in the aftermath of this tragedy, you can do so here: http://associacao.python.org.br/doacoes-familia-dorneles.
Anyway, the sprint (or at least my part of it) was awesome! Amidst the very sad and shocking news of Dorneles’ passing, we all kept busy with our work.
It’s a bit overwhelming to try and capture everything that happened (and I was only there for two days!); hopefully this report will be useful. The focus of this sprint was evaluator approachability (i.e. making Plone look good to prospective new users).
Steve McMahon (SteveM) was our host. Alex Limi (limi) provided general direction regarding strategies to improve plone.net, documentation, and end user support. But most importantly, he pointed out that the first stop for any prospective new user is the website, so it’s important that it look good.
David Glick (davisagli) and Elizabeth Leddy (eleddy) wasted no time in diving in to the 150 or so open tickets in the (now defunct) plone.org issue tracker.
I (aclark) quickly fell into the role of the “deployment witch” (a role I enjoy), and suggested people simply push the ACLARK button (née Staples Easy Button) whenever they needed their code deployed to plone.org.
We closed a good number of tickets this way.
Unfortunately, I had to leave on Friday morning but these are some of the things that happened after I left. Most importantly, Tom Kapanka (spanktar) arrived Thursday night and Bill Deegan arrived on Friday. And then:
One of the great things about a sprint is that it really focuses attendees on accomplishing their tasks, long after they have left the event. To that end:
That’s it! Just so you don’t worry the sprinters worked too hard, you can rest assured everyone was in good hands with zenwryly and his travelling-bar.
If you enjoyed reading this report and/or appreciate all the fun-but-hard work that goes in to attending a sprint, please consider donating to my travel fund. Only three days left, and I’m still a few dollars short!