"The other day, somebody asked me to provide a way for
salespeople to track their accounts on the Web...."
"With ZODB (an object database) at its core, plus a built-in
facility for creating and editing ZODB objects and properties
through the Web, and for controlling access to those objects,
Zope's basic infrastructure goes a long way toward solving the
"Was there a Zope "product" (server plug-in) that would get me
the rest of the way? I looked around, and didn't find one. So I
started tinkering and came up with an acceptable solution to the
problem at hand. I offer it here (and in next week's column) for
two reasons. First, as a Zope tutorial for those who haven't yet
dipped a toe into those waters. Second, because I know that writing
about this project will prompt folks to write back about other ways
to solve the problem, in Zope and in other environments. So, let's
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