ChannelWEB: Zope Gives Java Competition
Aug 05, 2003, 03:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"As the open-source movement extends its reach, a number of
development environments have evolved from cool but esoteric
protocols into comprehensive tools that can give long-established
platforms a run for their money. One of the latest of these is
Zope, an open-source application server for designing content
management, portals and other custom applications. Written in the
Python programming language, Zope has matured to the point where
developers have begun to choose it over Java and other protocols
when developing dynamic Web sites, intranets and more.
"'I've used all kinds of platforms, and I fell in love with
Zope,' says veteran programmer Stephen Bartlett, who runs Bartlett
Software, a boutique development house near Santa Barbara, Calif.
'It's a natural environment for doing fairly sophisticated
server-side Web sites.'
"He and other programmers say Zope's advantages over Java are in
the cost and time to deployment. 'Python is a simpler language than
Java, so it's easier to put together sites with dynamic content,'
he says. 'The initial ramp-up time is shorter because the
content-management framework that runs on top of it makes it so