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LinuxWorld: The dope on Zope - New tool is powerful, but nonintuitive and poorly documented

Mar 25, 2000, 03:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nick Petreley)

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"I've been looking into Web application development tools lately. I finally got a chance to spend some time learning how to use an extensible object-oriented Web application server called Zope. Not much time, mind you; I've got a long way to go before I can create even a simple application in Zope. But from what I can see, Zope is pretty intriguing, and I urge you to take a look at it yourself. You can find a link to Zope's homepage (which has everything you'll need to start) and to a working site based on Zope in the Resources section below."

"It took a minimum of effort to install Zope, along with an extra plugin or two to allow my Web applications to access a MySQL database. Once I had everything set up, I started the built-in Zope Web server, called Zserver. Zope can run in conjunction with an existing Web server like Apache, but the easiest way to get started is to use the Python-based Zserver...."

"If you're unfamiliar with Python, I should warn you that it has certain quirks that can be rather obtuse. For example, the flow of code in a Python program is in part determined by text indentation. This means that if you neglect to press the tab key just the right number of times while coding, your program will not execute properly, if at all. This approach may sound bizarre if you're a C programmer, but once you get used to it, it turns out to be quite a nice feature of the language. It forces you to create visually explicit code that remains quite readable long after you forget what it was you were doing."

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