[Zope-Annce] Zope Weekly News for June 7th
ethan mindlace fremen
Wed, 07 Jun 2000 10:50:10 -0600
This week's somewhat abbreviated ZWN includes Zope at
LinuxTag and the Open Source Convention, lots of
documentation progress, including a chat, a new home
for Zope Studio and more!
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There will be a Zope booth at the "LinuxTag",
in Stuttgart, Germany from June 29th to July 2nd.
In addition to the booth that will be there for the
whole conference, there will be 2 rooms available
for talks and discussions on the business day,
We are still looking for people who want help
organizing the conference, give some talks and
attend the booth. Generally, it would also be great
to know who is planning to be at the conference.
Please send feedback to "Stephan Richter",
See "Zope at Linuxtag",
for the most up-to-date information.
The Open Source Convention
This "enormous convention",
hosted by O'reilly, is shaping up to be pretty
interesting. Aside from the State of Python,
given by Guido von Rossum, there's also going
to be a "talk on the CERT Advisory",
about cross-site scripting, a web-wide security
issue that the Zope Community was among the first
to begin implementing security policies for: they'll
land with zope 2.2.
Zope is going to be at the conference in force,
- Paul "opening eyes to the Zope-Mozilla initiative",
- Ryan telling the world "you can have web
IMAP and collaboration",
- Christopher, as always, concentrating
on the "edification of the community",
-- by Amos Lattier
* Stephan Richter finished reviewing, fixing, and expanding
online help content for the Zope management screens.
We hope to get him set up with CVS and get this checked
in later this week or next week.
In addition to brining the help content up to date, he is
converting it to use Structured-Text. This will make editing
help pages much easier and will eliminate the two step process
of editing XML, rendering to HTML and then checking the HTML
into CVS. This should make life much easier for the Zope team
when they are documenting their work.
* Amos released updated "Zope training material",
that he and Michel Pelletier have been working on for
the past couple weeks.
There are twenty slide presentations which cover such topics
as DTML, application design, and developing Python products.
Note: the PowerPoint slides are built by a Python script
that reads Structured Text and talks to PowerPoint over COM - cool.
* Michel and Amos participated in an IRC chat about
documentation. A transcript of the chat "is availiable",
Thanks to everyone who participated and posed great
questions. We even got a volunteer commitment out of
the chat - way to go ZDP folks!
* Amos is putting together a wiki that details all official Zope
documentation projects, their schedules and status. Look for an
announcement before the end of the week.
We hope that this along with weekly ZWN summaries will give folks
a much better idea of what were doing on the documentation front.
* Michel is working on turning his in progress O'Reilly book on Zope
into a piece of official Zope documentation. If all goes well the
book will replace the current Guides. We are really excited about
this and think that if we are successful that this will do a
tremendous amount for Zope documentation.
* We plan to complete and make public the Wiki that describes all
official Zope documentation projects, their schedules and status.
* We plan to focus on getting docs in shape for Zope 2.2 Specifically
this means shoring up the help system docs, API docs, and tutorial.
This all won't get done next week, but hopefully we can make some
good progress and stay on track to have everything up to date for
the 2.2 final release.
If we are really fast we may even sneak a DTML reference into the
Zope 2.2 final release.
* Hopefully we will have final word on the status of converting Michel's
Book into official documentation. That means we can start the process
of making the Book public and opening it up to community critique and
-- by Brian Lloyd
o More collector issues resolved, made progress on the
todo list for the 2.2 beta.
Last week highlights
A somewhat shorter list this week since we have changed
the scheduling of the ZWN :) 12 more collector issues
were closed and the changes to the ownership model were
checked in (move and rename operations no longer affect
ownership, a knob was added to the import screen to allow
retaining existing ownership on import). The online help
for ownership and import were updated and expanded as
well. This week's friends of the core:
o Jeff Rush contributed several patches from his
o Chris Withers gets the bug-writer-o-the-week award :^)
o Sam Rushing clarified the license for the medusa
files underlying ZServer.
Finish the outstanding issues for 2.2 beta 1:
o Some basic hooks to support virtual hosting (a la
SiteAccess) have been designed and will be added to
allow product authors to write virtual hosting
support without fragile dependencies on parts of
the Zope core.
o Finish changes to the undo machinery that will expose
a more appropriate subset of undo-able transactions
to the user. The set exposed now was fine at one time,
but as the line between "site management" and "site
user" continues to blur, a more restricted subset will
make undo easier to delegate to a broader range of
users. (I think that this is actually in testing
o Get the minimal Observable default implemention
checked in to the Zope core. Note that for 2.2 at
least, the only impact of this will be that ZClasses
will be able to subclass the default Observable
implementation. While we suspect that many builtin
Zope objects could benefit from being Observable in
the longer run, we want to let the interface and
default implementation shake out in application usage
before taking that step.
o Some misc. catalog bugs need to be closed.
In other news, there is now a "zope-dev wiki",
where we will begin capturing discussions on future
-- by Martjin Pieters
- Zope Studio has "a new home",
- With the new home comes a new and improved front door,
with better access to the resources. This also includes
- I fixed the Zope Studio install issues. This should be
in CVS by the time you read this.
- More fixes to unbreak Zope Studio against the current
- Start implementation of a object handling component
architecture, where new object types can be supported
with installing new Zope Studio components.
-- by Ethan Fremen
- The Spotlight has been altered in a mostly
behind-the-scenes fashion, but they should be
easier to maintain.
- The second Zope Chat went over well. I want
to do them every week: Tell me what the
topics "should be",
If you want to speak, "tell me",
- The came_from bug "was squished",
- ZopeNews properly "formats structured text",