[EuroPython] Position on registration software
jacob at strakt.com
Wed Oct 20 22:35:07 CEST 2004
These are my thoughts on the software that handles registration and
track/presentation management. There are 3 different aspects that I think are
1. Software functionality
From an attendee perspective, the functionality of last years
registration/presentation procedures were not too bad. I think they can be
improved on, but mostly they worked decently well.
From an administrators perspective, they were a nightmare. Everey modification
to user data took several minutes. It took extra development to get a decent
list of attendees, and even with that list things were very cumbersome. The
system lacks searches and report facilities that are essential to the main
attendee admin as well as the accomodation person and would be very useful to
others as well.
Extracting data from the system to make a programme, a list of T-shirt orders,
or planning the schedule requires non-trivial programming for each new task.
2. Devloping the software
There has to be a committed group of people who develop the software for the
new site. While Joachim did a very good job last year, there was only one of
him, and he was unable to cope with the needs. When we sent out pleas for
help in the Plone community, we heard nothing back. This gives me little
confidence in continuing with Plone.
3. Using the software
Laura and I will be the main users of the registration software. We need to be
able to trust the solution getting set up.
We have built a solution based on CAPS that we feel does what we want. If
someone wants to propose something different, there should be a solid, well
thought out proposal with people ready to back it with a sufficient amount of
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