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From "Christophe Lombart" <>
Subject Re: graffito goals and scope
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2006 22:27:12 GMT
On 9/21/06, Edgar Poce <> wrote:
> On 9/21/06, Christophe Lombart <> wrote:
> > This project is not always clear for some people.
> Please don't take wrong my personal opinions on this subject, I hope
> you to take it as constructive feedback.

of course. you are welcome :-) It is always interesting to get
feedback. thanks for this mail.

>I think that the project
> goals sometimes are not clear because the framework part is unbalanced
> with the end user part. I think graffito stands somewhere between a
> framework for developers and an app for end users and the framework
> constraints and indirection layers seem to be priorized over end user
> features.

The Graffito foundation are still under construction. So, that's
difficult to add now a lot of "user features".  Furthermore,  the OCM
framework implementation required a lot of efforts and time. that's
why there are not so many user features.

> I think that most users who look for a CMS are mostly
> interested in feature richness.

The feature list can be very long. Graffito is not only CMS oriented.
Later, it should be also possible to use it in other content oriented
application (document management, asset management, forums, ...). I'm
not sure it is possible to satisfy all user features.  I think users
are looking for a platform that can be used for any kind of "content"
oriented application (ECM) - even if some personalization/dev is

After building the foundation, we should add more flexibility in the
framework before making real applications (and user features).
I'm believing that  "flexibility" is more important than the complete
feature list.
Eg. :  use only the services/applications I need; have the possibility
to add custom/new applications or services, access to any kind of
content repo, extend the content object model,  modify the
business/content rules, ...  If you know Plone, Drupal, ...  you
certainly know what I mean. I didn't find such tools in the "real open
source" java world.

If we have this kind of flexibility, the community can help to
implement user features and end-user applications. Is it make sense
for you ?

Again, what should the object model/API  for doing it ? ;-)


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