1 Jun 2010 zanee   » (Journeyer)

Plone vs. Django

There seems to be a reoccuring fad of some sort comparing Plone vs. Django in regards to frameworks and content management systems. I'm a little confused as to how this is even possible but i'm going to put this safely to rest so that we can all move on.

Plone and Django are not comparable because they are two different things. If you are talking to someone and they are comparing Plone and Django to each other in any fashion you may want to inquire how much experience this person has as a programmer/web consultant or whatever they are calling themselves.

Plone is a content management system through and through. An application built upon the Zope stack which for all intents and purposes you can compare to the familiar Lamp stack. It's the most mature fully functional and featured opensource content management system on planet Earth. It comes with cache, security, workflow, process management, revision control, one could go on. If you need to manage some content; whatever it maybe. That is what Plone is good for.

Django on the other hand is a web framework/toolkit that allows one to build a rapid application using Python. So as far as a content management system goes you'd have to program all of the above features yourself. There is a project called Django-CMS which does exactly that but even in cursory review of the website it doesn't have 5% of the features of Plone.

So can you compare Django and Plone? No. The two are completely different things. I guess you could compare Plone to Django-CMS but seeing as it's in its infantile stages that would not be fair. Anyway, in short, people comparing Plone vs. Django? Idiocy.


Syndicated 2010-06-01 18:12:10 from Christopher Warner » Advogato

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