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European Unix Platform (EUP): Introduction to Zope

May 13, 2000, 15:22 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There have been many developments on the market for web application platforms. Most of the large software companies have some product that qualifies as (or that they want to qualify as) an application platform for the web. Many of these are quite costly and the information in it is hard to maintain. Moreover, being proprietary products, they are also closed and hard to extend with non-proprietary additions. In the open software realm there are a few alternatives, mostly geared towards Linux."

"Zope is the name of the open software product under consideration. I shall not go into comparisons with its competitors. In the one and a half years from its inception around October 1998, Zope has become popular at least in the Open Source community. It claims to be the leading Open Source web application platform."

"Zope is a product of Digital Creations, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia (DC for short). It is a marriage of Principia, a commercial Web-content management system and Bobo, a Python Web programming environment. DC was persuaded to go into the public realm by the venture capitalist investing in the company. It's business became based on (Zope-based) Web consulting. Judging by the rate DC hires new developers, this has been a profitable decision."

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