Zope Weekly News - Wed, 9 Feb 2000
Fri, 25 Feb 00 08:36:20 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.
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* Zope 2.1.4 has been released. The blame goes to Evan Simpson, who
pointed out a problem which would allow people to construct links
to a Zope server such that it would cause JScript (or other
HTML-embeddable scripts) to be executed in the user's browser.
This script would appear to come from the Zope server. While this
is not too terribly dangerous (your browser doesn't have any
security holes, right?), all users are encouraged to upgrade.
* "brianh" has been given custodianship of the Ultraseek DA product.
This is a Zope Database Adapter which provides an interface to
Infoseek's Ultraseek Server search engine.
* "ngarcia" announced the first public release of the Wampum
Generator, a CyberCash Connector for Zope. This product gives
application developers the ability to process Internet credit card
transactions in Zope.
* Digital Creations has released an updated version of the Sybase
Database Adapter. It's hoped that this release fixes the memory
leaks of the prior version.
* "Drew" has updated the ZPhotoAlbum product. This product presents
pages of ZPhotos (images) scaled to the user-specified thumbnail
size. The present version is 0.4.3.
* Jonothan Farr <email@example.com> updated his LocalFS product. This
product allows Zope to serve files out of (shockingly enough) the
local filesystem. Additionally, it can serve from network shares
if you are running Zope on a Windows machine.
* Chris McDonough <firstname.lastname@example.org> has crafted a gentle and
easily digested introduction to Zope he's called, "Gain Zope
Enlightenment By Grokking Object Orientation". If you are _not_ a
computer scientist, geek or Python programmer, this seems to be
the place for you to start. He does a wonderful job of answering
a very difficult question, "What is Zope?" At the end, the
complete novice should have a decent understanding of how Zope
works, what an object is and what it means to publish one, and how
these objects work.
* "muesli" created a HowTo which explains the 'domains' security
feature of user objects. This allows you to restrict access to
specific hosts, domains, or IP addresses.
* "jec" posted a HowTo which explains automating the starting and
stopping (at startup and shutdown) of a Zope server on a Red Hat
* "vernier" has written a HowTo on creating custom Zope Debian packages.
* "lalo" wrote a HowTo which describes how to use cron to trigger
events on a Zope server.
* Jens Vagelpohl <email@example.com> has distilled the essence of
his experience creating the Zope Demo CD which was distributed at
IPC8 and created a HowTo so you can create one, too. These CDs
work on both Windows and Linux systems. On a Windows system, the
Zope server can start right off the CD, and a web browser can
automatically be launched to view the server's content. All this
without writing a single byte to the user's hard drive.
* Chris Petrilli <firstname.lastname@example.org> posted a proposal titled "A
Confidence Mechanism in User Role Management". The idea is to
make Zope Authentication more flexible than all-or-nothing. There
is a discussion about this proposal in the Zope-PTK mailing list.
* Last week, the editor-in-chief of O'Reilly was mistakenly called
"Frank Wilson". His name is in fact Frank Willison.
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