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Pelletier/Latteier: Early Draft of O'Reilly Zope Book

Sep 12, 2000, 05:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michel Pelletier, Amos Latteier)

Michael Pelletier and Amos Latteier have posted an early draft of their upcomign Zope book for O'Reilly & Associates at the Zope Web site. Though it's not been through the O'Reilly editorial process, these sample chapters are definitely worth a look.

From the Preface:

"Zope was originally designed with a newspaper business model in mind. The Zope customer was an Internet Service Provider who had many customers (newspapers) that in turn had many customers (the newspaper customers). To scale in this environment, Zope had to embrace the idea of safely delegating control at each stage to customers below your designated level in the web site."

"In order to safely delegate control, many things need to be considered. First, you need to present information in an easy to understand way. Most people understand clicking on folders better than issuing database commands, so Zope uses a hierarchical object database that feels like a filesystem. Command line tools can be difficult to use, and people are generally comfortable with web browsers, so Zope was built to be managed with a web browser. Finally collaborative environments require facilities to keep people from stepping on each others toes, so Zope developed undo, versions, and other tools to help people work safely together."

"These features make Zope an environment for programming and authoring web content. Finally, releasing Zope as Open Source software provided for business decision makers with the power to control their own technology."

"Thus, more power for more people is the first key value statement for Zope."

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