Developing a Plone Product Part 2

Next I want to add a Portlet which will display any items of the new content type which are in the current folder.

Creating a Plone Portlet

First step seems easy:

cd src/anorakgirl.mycontent
paster addcontent portlet

and then answer the easy questions. This creates a some files in the portlets folder of the product. However, when I restart Plone, I get this error:

ZopeXMLConfigurationError: File 
"c:\plone\src\anorakgirl.mycontent\anorakgirl\mycontent\portlets\configure.zcml", line 12.2-21.8]
ImportError: cannot import name QuotesPortletMessageFactory

I fixed this by commenting out the line below from portlets/ – who knows if this matters!

#from anorakgirl.mycontent.portlets import MyContentPortletMessageFactory as _

Plone now restarts, and I can add the MyContentPortlet via ‘Manage Portlets’. However, it doesn’t do anything yet.

To make it show the first ‘MyContent’ item from the current folder, I modified portlets/ as follows. Please note that this code is shamelessly copied from Professional Plone Development by Martin Aspeli.

from zope import schema
from zope.component import getMultiAdapter
from zope.formlib import form
from zope.interface import implements
from import base
from plone.memoize.instance import memoize
from plone.portlets.interfaces import IPortletDataProvider
from DateTime import DateTime
from Acquisition import aq_inner
from Products.CMFCore.interfaces import ICatalogTool
from Products.Five.browser.pagetemplatefile import ViewPageTemplateFile
from Products.CMFCore.utils import getToolByName

from anorakgirl.mycontent.interfaces import IMyContent

#from anorakgirl.mycontent.portlets import MyContentPortletMessageFactory as _

class IMyContentPortlet(IPortletDataProvider):
    """A portlet

    It inherits from IPortletDataProvider because for this portlet, the
    data that is being rendered and the portlet assignment itself are the

class Assignment(base.Assignment):
    """Portlet assignment.

    This is what is actually managed through the portlets UI and associated
    with columns.


    def __init__(self):

    def title(self):
        """This property is used to give the title of the portlet in the
        "manage portlets" screen.
        return "MyContent Portlet"

class Renderer(base.Renderer):
	"""Portlet renderer.

	This is registered in configure.zcml. The referenced page template is
	rendered, and the implicit variable 'view' will refer to an instance
	of this class. Other methods can be added and referenced in the template.

	render = ViewPageTemplateFile('')

	def available(self):
		return len(self._data()) > 0

	def mycontent_list(self):
		for brain in self._data():
			mycontent = brain.getObject()

			yield dict(title=mycontent.title,

	def _data(self):
		context = aq_inner(self.context)
		limit = 1
		query = dict(object_provides = IMyContent.__identifier__)
		if self.context.isPrincipiaFolderish:
			query['path'] = '/'.join(context.getPhysicalPath())

		if not self.context.isPrincipiaFolderish:
			parent = context.aq_parent
			query['path'] = '/'.join(parent.getPhysicalPath())
		catalog = getToolByName(context, 'portal_catalog')
		results = catalog(query)
		mycontents = []

		mycontents = results[:limit]
		return mycontents

# NOTE: If this portlet does not have any configurable parameters, you can
# inherit from NullAddForm and remove the form_fields variable.

class AddForm(base.AddForm):
    """Portlet add form.

    This is registered in configure.zcml. The form_fields variable tells
    zope.formlib which fields to display. The create() method actually
    constructs the assignment that is being added.
    form_fields = form.Fields(IMyContentPortlet)

    def create(self, data):
        return Assignment(**data)

# NOTE: IF this portlet does not have any configurable parameters, you can
# remove this class definition and delete the editview attribute from the
# <plone:portlet /> registration in configure.zcml

class EditForm(base.EditForm):
    """Portlet edit form.

    This is registered with configure.zcml. The form_fields variable tells
    zope.formlib which fields to display.
    form_fields = form.Fields(IMyContentPortlet)

Really all that I changed from the paster generated content was the imports and the Render method.

I also amended the template file to show the data returned by the Render method:

<dl class="portlet portletMyContentPortlet"
    <dd class="portletItem odd">

        <div tal:define="items view/mycontent_list">
                 <li tal:repeat="item items">
                 <span tal:content="item/details"/>
                 <br/><b tal:content="item/author"></b></li>

Because paster amended the xml files in the profiles folder ( to register the new portlet) not only do you need to restart Plone, you need to reinstall the product to get the Portlet to show up. I’m doing this using the Setup > Add-on products page, but this may not be the best way?

You should now be able to add the Portlet using Manage Portlets. If you add it at the root, and the rest of the site is set to inherit parent portlets, then the portlet should show up in any folder in which you add a ‘MyContent’ item.


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