[Framework-Team] Re: Our attititude to Archetypes

Rob Miller ra at burningman.com
Tue Apr 11 18:07:03 UTC 2006

Martin Aspeli wrote:
> In a way it feels unclean and a bit dangerous if our goal is to lighten up or 
> even move away from Archetypes. However, it's also a good thing. AT is an 
> insulation layer. It's ubiquitous and unifies the API to content types. 

for a while i was keen on the idea of replacing AT, componentizing it 
out until there wasn't any there there, eventually replacing the 
components with other pieces.

i'm still not against that idea, but i've recently come back around to 
the possibility that AT might be salvageable.  if it gets broken up into 
little bits, and the worst stuff is made better, then we may just find 
ourselves with something that is not so bad to work with, w/o feeling so 
strong a need to have to make it die completely.

anyway, in either event, the first steps are to break it apart into 
pieces, using the CA to thread it together.  this is going to take a 
while; it won't be until Plone 3.0 that any of it lands, and it probably 
won't be until Plone 3.5 that a large percentage of it lands.  that's 
over a year away, and a lot can change in that time.  i recommend we 
continue our current path of working on taking it apart, and let the 
process unfold as we do.


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