[Zope-Annce] Zope Weekly News for December 6th

ethan mindlace fremen mindlace@digicool.com
Fri, 30 Mar 2001 18:30:56 -0500

Welcome to the future: Zope 2.3.1 with the improved catalog,
ParsedXML 1.0, the Content Management Framework 1.0 and
Zope Page Templates 1.0 are unleashed upon the world.

The opinions expressed in Zope News are solely the authors',
and not the opinions of Digital Creations, The Zope Community
at-large, or the Spanish Inquisition.

If you or your company are doing something cool with zope,
"submit it to Zope News",
for possible inclusion.

And Now For Something Completely Different:


Upcoming Events

  The EuroZope crew is organizing a two
  day Zope only conference in Berlin on the 12th
  and 13th of July.

  Those interested in participating should join the
  discussion on the "EuroZope mailinglist",


Zope Page Templates

  by Evan Simpson

  The final release of ZPT 1.0 is ready, two days earlier than
  planned! We compensated by changing the name,
  from "Zope Presentation Templates".
  You can get it "here", http://www.zope.org/Members/4am/ZPT .

  ZPT 1.0 contains all of the features described in the
  "project Wiki", http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/ZPT
  , including error handling.  Please try them out, comment, and
  suggest changes and new features for the next round of development.

  I have used Page Templates, along with WebDAV and DreamWeaver, to
  produce both a simple website and a complex ZClass-rich application
  without a single DTML Method.  I liked it!  It's looking like this
  is a truly sound design that will provide all of the benefits we
  had hoped for.

  Many thanks to Guido, Barry, and the other Python Labs folks for a
  fantastic job on TAL, and to Todd Coram for shepherding this project
  to success.


Zope Status

  by Brian Lloyd

 Zope 2.3.1 "has been released",

  Zope 2.3.1 contains fixes for a number of issues that have come up
  since 2.3.0, including the fixes for the issues addressed by the 02/23
  and 03/08 hotfixes. It also contains a number of changes to address
  issues with ZCatalog. New data structures have been introduced to reduce
  the number of conflict errors caused by object indexing under some types
  of usage, and to reduce the amount of object database bloat that occurs
  when indexed objects change frequently.

  The changes to ZCatalog have been designed so that newly created
  ZCatalog objects will take advantage of the new data structures.
  Existing ZCatalog objects will continue to work with the old
  data structures, but will not gain any of the benefits of the
  new code. It is possible to upgrade an existing ZCatalog object
  to use the new data structures by "following the How-To",

  Many thanks go to those who helped exercise the new code and
  the catalog upgrade process during the beta cycle. Many thanks as
  well to Jim Fulton, Chris McDonough and Andreas Jung for their
  hard work and the prodigious amount of unit tests produced for
  the new (and old) Catalog code!

  With the 2.3.1 release we have added a Linux Itanium binary distribution.
  Note that the Itanium binary is bundled with Python 2.0 instead of
  Python 1.5.2. This release (Zope-2.3.1-linux2-ia64-alpha.tgz) is
  named with "alpha" because it is the first for the platform. All unit
  tests pass and moderate testing has found no problems (actually, any
  problems you find are more likely to be issues with Zope on Python 2.0
  rather than issues with the platform).



  by Karl Anderson

  Parsed XML allows you to use XML objects in the
  Zope environment.  You can create XML documents in
  Zope and leverage Zope to format, query, and
  manipulate XML.

  Parsed XML consists of a DOM storage, a builder
  that uses PyExpat to parse XML into the DOM, and a
  management proxy product that provides Zope
  management features for a DOM tree.

  ParsedXML for *nix "is availiable",
  Windows releases should be availiable soon.


The Content Management Framework

  by Tres Seaver

  Digital Creations is proud to announce that the 1.0 version of
  its Content Management Framework (CMF) "is released",

  What is the CMF?

    The Zope Content Management Framework provides a set of
    services and content objects useful for building highly
    dynamic, content-oriented portal sites.  As packaged, the
    CMF generates a site much like the Zope.org site.  The CMF is
    intended to be easily customizable, in terms of both the
    types of content used and the policies and services it


    * The CMF "dogbowl site":http://cmf.zope.org.

    * The mailing list, zope-ptk@zope.org.  List information and
      online signup "are available",
      You may also "peruse the archives",


Zope Web

  by Ethan Fremen

  Record Number of Visitors

    March has already passed 5M hits.  The previous high for
    an entire month is January with 4.95M hits.  We should
    expect another 500k hits for Thur/Fri/Sat to finish March at 5.5M hits.

  Progress on the Site

    Now that the CMF and ZPT are released, work can begin
    in earnest on zope.org.  The collaboration enhancement
    proposal will be a project by early next week:
    we expect to complete LDAP authentication by
    the end of next week.

    After that, a CMF powered ZEO cluster will be brought
    online and we will begin the process of migrating
    content to the new site.