Plone Training in Seattle in June!

I’m very excited to share the news that Joel Burton will be bringing his Plone Bootcamp classes back to Seattle for the third year.  Joel will be offering a repeat performance of his basic week-long “Plone Bootcamp” class (June 16-20) suitable for folks getting started building Plone websites.  Assuming his voice doesn’t give out after the first week, Joel will immediately follow-up with his first-ever-in-Seattle “Advanced Plone Bootcamp” (June 23-26) in which he delves deeper into programming and customization techniques for Plone 3.

I’ve watched lots of people teach technology over the years, and Joel is hands-down one of the best trainers I’ve ever seen.  And at $550 for a full week of hands-on training, this has got to be one of the best deals going.

Plone & Python Bootcamp-a-rama: July 2008

What happens when an irresistible force and an immovable object team up and pull in the same direction?

Triangle Bootcamp-a-rama!

That’s right — Plone training legends Joel Burton and Chris Calloway have teamed up to organize two solid weeks of Plone and Python training in Chapel Hill, NC this summer.  They’re delivering three classes: Customizing Plone (Joel), followed by Python Bootcamp (Chris) and Plone 3 Techniques (Joel again).

At only $500 for each full week class, this is probably the best deal going in technology training.  Chris and Joel are amazing trainers.  Your brain will get filled up in the (incredibly posh) classroom, and your belly will get full afterward.  (Chris and Joel both love to eat and Chapel Hill is a great food town, I’m told!)

So, if you want to brush up on your Plone & Python skills, pack your bags for North Carolina this summer.

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Plone Returns to New Orleans

Have you bought your plane tickets for Plone Symposium New Orleans 2008 yet? Alan Runyan, Toby Roberts and the team at Enfold Systems have put together a fantastic program that includes:

  • 2 days of Joel Burton’s amazing Plone Bootcamp training — pretty much the best way to jumpstart yourself as a Plone site builder!
  • 2 days of talks from Plone community luminaries and rising stars, including:
  • A “state of Plone” keynote from Plone co-founders Alex Limi and Alan Runyan
  • Case studies from the science, education and nonprofit sectors
  • Technical talks on popular topics such as caching, relational database integration, and using WSGI/Repoze to play nice with other Python web appications.

I’ll be showing off some of the work that the Seattle Plone community has done to integrate Plone and Salesforce.com.

The Neural Buddhists

Could it be?  Did David Brooks just write something fairly perceptive and intelligent?

In their arguments with Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, the faithful have been defending the existence of God. That was the easy debate. The real challenge is going to come from people who feel the existence of the sacred, but who think that particular religions are just cultural artifacts built on top of universal human traits. It’s going to come from scientists whose beliefs overlap a bit with Buddhism.

In unexpected ways, science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other. That’s bound to lead to new movements that emphasize self-transcendence but put little stock in divine law or revelation. Orthodox believers are going to have to defend particular doctrines and particular biblical teachings. They’re going to have to defend the idea of a personal God, and explain why specific theologies are true guides for behavior day to day. I’m not qualified to take sides, believe me. I’m just trying to anticipate which way the debate is headed. We’re in the middle of a scientific revolution. It’s going to have big cultural effects.

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