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ServerWatch: Zope Mixes Groupware Features With App Server Functionality

Feb 06, 2001, 17:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M.A. Dockter)

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"Zope's basic interface is like that of a simple file manager. Most people are accustomed to the GUI file managers that have been around with MacOS as well as DOS and Windows. On top of this splendid file manager interface, Zope is Web-based. This leads to more usability, as most users get scared even thinking about command-line applications, or even hard-to-use GUI applications. With a Web interface, users tend to feel like they already know what's going on, as it seems like they are simply 'surfing the web.'"

"Zope not only breaks ranks with groupware servers by being free to use, it also flees from the norm in terms of setup. While most large Web-based applications require three layers, the Web server, the app server, and the database server, Zope is used in a single system. This makes management, as well as initial cost, much less-expensive because there is only one machine to deal with, not a set of three different machines to micro-manage and control."

"Above all these attributes, however, is Zope's compatibility. It works with pretty much all of the common protocols including SQL, ODBC, XML, DOM, FTP, HTTP, FastCGI, XML-RPC, and SOAP. Zope can work on almost any client browser, as well as systems ranging from 32-bit Windows (95, 98, NT, and 2000), to Unix, Linux, BSD Variants, and the lesser-known Sparc Solaris."

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