Zope Weekly News - Wed, 24 Nov 1999

Mike Pelletier mike@digicool.com
Fri, 26 Nov 99 12:02:58 GMT


    Zope Weekly News is a digest of some of the useful and interesting
    events which have occurred on the various Zope mailing lists and the
    Zope.org site.  It is published each Wednesday evening.

New Products and Announcements

  * "jwashin" released ZRTChat, an entirely ZClass real-time chat
    object.  No java or javascript!


  * The new Sybase Database Adapter has been released.  It has been
    completely rewritten.


  * "tseaver" submitted an internationalisation ZClass.  It contains a 
    set of translations of a document and serves the correct language
    to the user.


  * "Zen" has released GenericUserFolder, which seems to allow you to
    mix and match authentication methods to suit your needs.
    GenericUserFolder is very much beta, and not to be used on
    production sites.



  * "anthony" released an update of his SQL Session product.  SQL
    Session provides SQL database-based session objects, keyed to
    browser cookies.  Unlike the previous update, this one does not
    break existing SQL Session objects.


  * "rossl" has updated the LDAPAdapter product, which allows you to
    authenticate web users with an LDAP server.


  * Itmar Shtull-Trauring has released v0.3 of ZCache.


Zope.org items

  * "AlexR" posted a How-To about using ZCatalog's keyword index
    facility.  A keyword index is something halfway between a text
    index and a field index-- it is a list of values which are treated 


  * Brian Lloyd has submitted a patch for Apache which allows you to
    use WebDAV with Zope through Apache.  Normally Apache intercepts
    the HTTP OPTIONS request.  With this patch, the request gets
    passed to Zope so it can offer WebDAV services.


  * "Earthtone" wrote a mini-review of the Zope coverage in a new
    book, "The Quick Python Book".


Notable Discussions

  * Sachin Shah wrote in to suggest that the Properties management
    view should include each of the property's type.  Martijn Faassen
    agreed and suggested including the ability to change property
    types.  Evan Simpson pulled a property-type-changer out of a hat!
    Oleg Broytmann suggests cut/copy/paste support.


  * "Chas" asked for advice selecting an OS for his Zope server.  He
    will be using it with an Oracle server on another machine, and so
    the operating system must be supported by Oracle.  Suggestions so
    far: Linux and Sun Sparc and FreeBSD with Linux emulation.  No one 
    has verified whether FreeBSD, Chas's preference, would actually


  * "Milt" wants to move a Zope server from a Windows machine to a
    Linux one.  He solicited advice for accomplishing this.  Solution: 
    copy var/Data.fs from one machine to the other.  It is


  * Ross Boylan gives us a heads-up on a bug in Zope Products.  It
    seems that a failure in Product registration (ie, in the Product's 
    __init__.py file) can cause Zope to misreport an old error,
    leading to the occasional headache.


  * Alexander Limi is understandably concerned about sending cleartext 
    passwords over the Internet when authenticating Zope users and
    managers.  Christopher Petrilli offers some solutions.


  * Jason Jone kicked off a brisk discussion of FastCGI and Zope.  The 
    verdict: to get full functionality, you have to use a snapshot
    (prerelease) of version 2.2.3 of mod_fastcgi.  Using prerelease
    code made some people uncomfortable.  This will change when
    2.2.3-final is released.

    See also, doc/WEBSERVER.txt of the Zope CVS

Mike Pelletier.

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