[Zope-Annce] Zope Weekly News for October 18th
ethan mindlace fremen
Wed, 18 Oct 2000 13:17:38 -0400
New PTK Release, Zope Book gets feedback, How to control access on a
basis, WriteLocking proposal, XHTMLTemplate and HiperDOM,
Membership, and docs get organized on Zope.org.
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And Now For Something Completely Different:
by Michel Pelletier
The response to book's alpha release was spectacular, with
people sending us many great comments. We're listening!
The book is improving every day, and very, very soon we
plan on handing over *the complete technical
draft* to O'Reilly!
As allways, "keep reading",
and "keep sending us comments",
and we'll keep listening.
Many people have send us mail asking for PDF versions of
the book, this is planned, but at the moment the code
isn't in place yet to output PDF from structured text, so
it will be a while. We hope you can be patient with us
because we're really busy making this a good book and we
don't have all the time to make the HTML look much better
than it does or to produce PDF documentation.
Also, lots of people have sent us mail about the
screenshots on the book, yes, we know they look pretty
bad in Netscape (fine in Mozilla, though)
but all of the existing screenshots are going to be thrown
away soon anyway and a whole new set of them will be done
for the book, so once again, we ask for your patience and
suggest maybe trying out Mozilla (which we will hopefully
be using for the new screenshots!) if it really bugs you.
by Brian Lloyd
A busy week in the Fishbowl
Last week was a busy one. Evan scoped out a hole in subscript-notation
support in ObjectManagers that required a Hotfix release :( Jeffrey
Shell refined his WriteLocking proposal (to support DAV-aware Web
tools that require DAV locking support). Shane Hathaway is putting on
the sleuth hat to track down some reports of oddities with ZClasses
when upgrading sites to 2.2+.
Debate continues to simmer on the zope-dev list on the right way to
control access to objects from various protocols - it is a hard
problem and there are several viewpoints on this. This is something
that we should ponder for the notional Zope 3.
Also on dev.zope.org Monty Taylor is working on a proposal for
implementing stored procedure support for the Oracle DA. Hopefully
this will eventually lead to a more general interface that other
DAs could implement.
On a somewhat belated note, Michel has released alpha one of the
upcoming Zope book:
Now is the time to get him your feedback. Documentation has been an
albatross for Zope for a long time and this book is a huge opportunity
to rectify that - please do your part in making it the best it can be
by taking an early look and contributing your thoughts or concerns!
We are still planning to supercede the XHTMLTemplate project on
dev.zope.org with the HiperDOM project - Martijn will be working
to get the project updated and herd interested parties to the new
There are a number of outstanding issues that we want to address
soon with a 2.2.3 release - we are still in the process of
and reproducing some of the issues, but I would expect that this will
happen in the next few weeks.
State of the PTK, 2000/10/17
* Michael Bernstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) has made significant
progress in his quest to re-integrate the Membership product with
PTK, especially in the area of listing members:
* Bill Anderson <email@example.com> "announced",
that he was very selfishly taking time off from responding to list
traffic, including messages about his Membership product, in order
to get married! :) Congratulations and best wishes from the PTK
* Tres Seaver "released version 0.9.0",
of the PTK. "...and there was much rejoicing".
* Tres then had to "pull one of the tarballs of the release",
because the "distribution tab" products for Wizard and DemoPortal
depend on a stock ZClass (Products.OFSP._ZClass_for_DTMLMethod)
is not created at import time, but at product initialization time.
Tres has "submitted a patch",
for this problem to the Zope Collector, but in the meanwhile, the
distribution tab versions are not useful.
* Bjorn Stabell <firstname.lastname@example.org> posted an "insightful summary":
of the issues involved in distributing part of the PTK as
"through-the-web" software (i.e., DemoPortal).
* Phillip Eby (email@example.com) "announced new ZPatterns
including explanations of triggers and rules and a completed
PTK Tracker Vitals, 2000/10/17 (since 2000/09/25)
Here is is the current state of the tracker::
Type / Status New Closed Current
Bug Reports 4 20 11
Requests 0 5 9
-- by Ethan Fremen
Find The Docs
The ZDP folks are really taking off. They've categorized
all the how-tos and tips, and we're getting set to roll
out with a new Documentation guide. Itamar Shull-Turing
has already written a "Guide to Documentation for Developers",
which will be used in the creation of the documentation