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Zope Weekly News for December 6th 2000

Dec 06, 2000, 23:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ethan Fremen)

Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2000 18:12:14 -0500
From: ethan mindlace fremen mindlace@digicool.com
To: zope-announce@zope.org
Subject: Zope Weekly News for December 6th

Planning for 2.3, give me wiki now, Python Scripts, Documentation Processes, Zope 3 bedtime stories, Interface documentation, and Zope.org bug stomping.

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Zope Status

by Brian Lloyd


Gearing up for 2.3

Recent News

Last week we released Zope 2.2.4 which took care of quite a
few bugs - now its time to start thinking about all new bugs, er, features for Zope 2.3.

I have updated the "Zope 2.3 plan on dev.zope.org", http://dev.zope.org/Resources/zope_230_plan.html It now details the planned release milestones for 2.3 and what features will be in each milestone. 2.3 will be important from a usability perspective: alpha 1 will include Evan's "Python Scripts" that will allow people to implement logic in a language meant for logic (not DTML!) and the way that user bootstrapping occurs at install time will be changed. Superuser will no longer
exist unless you explicitly need and create it - the user created at install time will simply be a bootstrap manager. That means that newbies won't immediately run into "SuperCannotOwn" errors because they forgot to create an initial manager and re-login (which was a pretty brain-dead expectation anyway!)

In the fishbowl, Michel is working with Amos to finish describing the "Zope documenation process", http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/DocumentationProcess

Ken Manheimer is working on the "Wiki For Now", http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/WikiForNow project (or "Wiki Aspirin" as Jim calls it) that aims to provide solutions for some of the more painful shortcomings of Wikis as they are used for running development projects. This one will probably be completed by the week of the 13th.

Near Future

Next Monday (the 13th) I expect to release 2.3 alpha 1. After seeing how that goes and looking at resource availability we'll be working to set a date for the next milestone (a2).


by Michel Pelletier

This week Amos is still working on the "Zope 3 Story" with the Virginia crew and finishing off the Documentation process. He and I will be creating some new projects that track the book, and some other documentation artifacts, so Watch Out! We'll send out some general announcements when we have something substantial.

This week I'm working on "Python Interfaces":http://www.zope.org/Wikis/Interfaces, Python Script online help system documentation, and the rather mundane task of converting every mention of "Python Method" in "the book":http://www.zope.org/Members/michel/ZB to "Python Script". I tried to train my monkey to do it but he resented the new name that was chosen; having preferred *Python Snake Thingy* like many of you did.

The internal technical reviewers at O'Reilly still haven't gotten back to us about the book yet, so we have nothing new for the community reviewers to do. We know your anxious, and we hope you're still with us when the book comes back! Till next week...

Zope Web

-- by Ethan Fremen

New Things Have Bugs

Well, Zope.org has had a few problems, in that feedback and signing up for membership were both broken. They should be fixed now. I am still working on the "not authenticated on dev.zope.org" issue.

Working on Description

I am working on a description of the cluster, and should have at least a bare bones outline (that will get fleshed in with lots of details) on the site by the end of the week.