Zope Weekly News - Wed, 2 Feb 2000
Sun, 06 Feb 00 17:32:56 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.
Any opinions contained in the Zope Weekly News are those of the
Suggestions for ZWN items are happily accepted. Please mail them
to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, put 'ZWN' somewhere in the subject and
remember to include URLs.
* ActiveState has announced it will be offering industrial-strength
commercial Python support. ActiveState is renowned for their
Perl support and development tools. The press release, linked
below, includes comments from Paul Everitt.
* Frank Wilson, editor-in-chief at O'Reilly, presently has quite a
lot of commentary on the IPC8, Python, Zope and Digital Creations
in his "Frankly Speaking" column.
* O'Reilly recently launched their new portal, O'Reilly Network.
The prestigious first feature is an interview with Paul Everitt,
which explores some of the hidden gotchas and bonuses of opening
up your software. The interview is available as text and three
flavours of audio: High bandwidth RealAudio, low bandwidth
RealAudio, and MP3. Nice!
* You can now follow ZopeStudio (aka the Zope-Mozilla Initiative) as
it evolves by tracking the new ZopeMozilla CVS. For more
* The Zope Portal Toolkit (PTK) is now a Real Live Product, and is
also avalialable to be tracked by CVS. See the post in the
* Chris McDonough <email@example.com> reported ZDNet UK's analysis
of open source application servers Zope and Midgard.
* Trey Seaver <firstname.lastname@example.org> announced the commencement of
the Zope Guru of the Week "contest". Trey even made the
application handling the ZGotW downloadable.
* "jwashin" submitted a "ZClasses Survey/quiz product". It is still
undergoing development, and contributions are welcome.
* Geeknews.org published an interesting interview with Rick
Collette, head developer for SPIRO Linux. In it, Rick explains
the reasoning behind including Zope as a distribution component.
* Linux Weekly News offered the following link to ZopeNewbies'
coverage of the IPC8 and it's Zope Track. Photos!
* Zope 2.1.3 has been released. This update contains fixes for a
race condition that could cause Zope to hang on very high-traffic
sites, two database packing bugs, and a bug that caused Zope to
sometimes hang instead of shutting down when the shutdown function
was accessed over a very fast network.
* "ngps" announced the availability of a very exciting product,
"M2Crypto", which allows ZServer (and so Zope) to speak SSL
* RainDog submitted version 0.0.1 of TTImage. TTImage renders
arbitrary text to images on-the-fly.
* "haqa" has contributed "Favourite Links", a ZClass-based product
which presumably manages a collection of links.
Updates and Patches
* "kslee" contributed Zope patch which allows you to select from a
list of default contents when creating a DTML Method/Document.
* "faassen" released version 0.2 of ZFormulator.
* "phd" announced that mod_pcgi2 has reached version 1.0.0.
* "jephte" updated jcNTUserFolder to version 0.0.2.
* "kslee" spent some time hacking on ZCatalog's splitter.py and the
result was Voodoo Kludge Splitter. The splitter is what
determines word breaks for full text searches. The Voodoo Kludge
Splitter allows full text searches of non-ASCII content, such as
Korean, Japanese and Chinese. There are caveats to be aware of.
* Evan Simpson <email@example.com> has brought his SiteAccess product up
to version 1.0.0. This is the first stable release. SiteAccess
allows you to use virtual hosting to make non-root Zope objects
appear to be the root of your website.
* "htrd" contributed a Zope hack which "provides support for wide
character strings in ZPublisher, property pages, and property
* "jules" contributed a HowTo which describes the creation of
"Smarter" forms. The idea is to prevent the user from ever having
to go "Back" by representing forms with prior inputs already
* Another HowTo from "jules", this one describes auto-starting Zope
on boot on a SuSE 6.3 system.
* Chris Petrilli <firstname.lastname@example.org> has made all the slides
from the tutorials he offered at the Zope Track of IPC8 available
* "kusako" contributed a Tip which explains how to catalog a group
of properties as though they were one.
* Miklos Nemeth <email@example.com> submitted "How-To: Using Emacs
with Zope on RedHat 6.1". It appears to walk the user through
using Emacs as a Zope development environment.
* "rbickers" wrote an excellent HowTo on Running Zope on BeOS. The
HowTo includes links to a suitable Zope binary.
* Continuing a thread, Jeffrey Shell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote a
similar HowTo for MacOS X.
* "jephte" submitted a HowTo describing how to make Zope work in
remote user mode (this is, making the webserver deal with
Authentication) in conjunction with IIS.
* Chris Pertilli <email@example.com> has started a Z SQL Method
FAQ. He is accepting additional questions and answers.
* Chris McDonough <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote an EXTENSIVE HowTo
describing the process of installing Zope and upgrading an
existing Zope installation, complete with screenshots. If you are
having difficulty getting Zope off the ground, this looks like the
place to start.
* Miklos Nemeth <email@example.com> also contributed a HowTo about
using the SQL Sessions product. SQL Sessions allows you to store
arbitrary per-visitor state in an SQL database.
* John Udell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote "How-To: A <dtml-calendar>
example", which demonstrates managing per-date data with the
<dtml-calendar> tag presenting the interface.
* "anthony" submitted "How-To: Choosing to store data in SQL vs
ZODB". In it, he supplies a number of questions you can ask
yourself to determine whether to keep application data in the Zope
database or an external one.
* Miklos Nemeth <email@example.com> has written another HowTo
targeted at RedHat 6.1 users: "Zope and Apache on RedHat 6.1".
* Another Chris McDonough <firstname.lastname@example.org> HowTo: "Using the
Zope Debug Log to Track Down Hangs". This HowTo includes a log
* Jim Fulton has made three of his IPC8 presentations available.
They are "Introduction to the Zope Object Database", "Acquisition
Algebra", and "Zope Architecture".
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