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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 customizable...'"

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