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Rob Gietema is one of the CEOs of Four Digits and a Zope developer for eight years. Rob was responsible for creating the front-end including the WYSIWYG editor for Coherence 2 (a CMS based on Zope). At the moment Rob is a Plone developer and maintainer of the TinyMCE Editor Plone product and the Round About Plone product. He is also currently working on the new UI for Plone (Deco).

Living Statues Sprint 2010: The Results

by Rob Gietema Sep 03, 2010

The Living Statues Sprint 2010 is over during which a lot of progress has been made. We had a great time working on Deco, Tiles and Block and closed a total of 41(!) tickets!


From wednesday until sunday we worked on Deco, Tiles and Blocks. We created a lot of tickets in Trac in advance to get an overview of what should be done. The complete list can be found on All the tickets were converted to post-it's.

Plan board

The team

A total amount of 20 people worked in teams on the separate tickets in different areas including design, javascript, front-end and back-end. Twice a day we did a stand-up, one after lunch and one at the end of the day, to see what progress has been made and what tasks still needed to be done.

stand up

Completed tasks

A short summary of some of the tasks which have been done:

  • Create functional field tiles, which are a mapping of content type fields
  • Create a default layout which is used by all views using blocks (the current setup doesn't need the main template anymore!)
  • Create a new design for the Deco UI toolbar
  • Convert all the settings to use the new functionality of
  • Improve testcoverage of (now at around 80%-90%)
  • Create a global undo manager
  • Create an automated testsetup using Hudson
  • Convert all the current viewlets/portlets to tiles, including related items, language selector, lock info, keywords, documentbyline, workflow history, rss, login, calendar and many more
  • Create the attachment tile
  • Create content listing tile
  • Create comments tile
  • Javascript JSLint and coverage

Final result

The goal for the end of the sprint was to create a fully functional website using Deco, Tiles and Blocks. At the end of the sprint on sunday at 22:00 the website went live being the first ever website using Deco, Tiles and Blocks!

Deco Brewery


I have created video's of some of the new functionality which has been created:


Deco UI: News

Custom contenttype

Deco UI: Contenttype

Content listings

Deco UI: Content Listing

Content and media

Deco UI: Content and media


We have created a flickr set of the pictures which have been created during the sprint.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the sprint and hope to see you all next year at the Living Statues Sprint 2011!

David Mills

When will it be usable

Posted by David Mills at Sep 03, 2010 11:04 AM
This looks absolutly wonderfull.

Can I use deco/blocks for my new projects already? or should I wait until it's matured/been merged back into plone?

Do you have any idea when such a merge would take place?

Anthony Bosio

Great Work!

Posted by Anthony Bosio at Sep 03, 2010 02:31 PM
This looks brilliant! Thanks to everybody for their work on this.

I am guessing with Deco Tiles and Blocks there will still be a way to have a repeatable template so, for example, you don't have to keep recreating the product layout for every product? (Because you would probably want them to be consistent, or consistent with a few variations.)

Jon Stahl

Amazing work, everyone!

Posted by Jon Stahl at Sep 03, 2010 05:55 PM
It is so incredible to see the vision of Deco come to life. I remember sitting with Alex & Martin in a hotel room in DC as they walked me through the Deco concept paper. My only question was "Can we really build this?" Yes we can! This is going to completely revolutionize what people think a CMS can be.
William Fennie


Posted by William Fennie at Sep 03, 2010 09:40 PM
Revolutionary. Thanks for making it so.
Alex Clark

Very impressive!

Posted by Alex Clark at Sep 04, 2010 10:18 AM
This is definitely one of the most impressive Plone demos I've ever seen, well done guys!
Ingeborg van den Heuvel

Great work

Posted by Ingeborg van den Heuvel at Sep 08, 2010 09:58 AM
Hello fellows,

This all looks great and I can't wait to use these functionalities on our site:

Keep up the good work!



Very good job guy !!

Posted by youyou at Oct 27, 2010 01:54 PM
Demos are incredible.
Deco looks easy and very powerfull. Thanks a lot for the future of plone....

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