[ZWeb] Re: Zope is Evil is back.
Ken Seehof" <firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 17:22:48 -0700
Titus Brown <email@example.com> wrote (to firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Hi all,
> due to popular demand, I've reinstated my "Zope Is Evil", a.k.a.
> "Zope as a particularly frustrating section of adventure", page at
> PS if you can't take a joke, or, on the other hand, think it's completely
> joke, this page is not for you.
> Titus Brown, email@example.com
I feel your pain.
The Zope people are apparently working on their documentation.
Their biggest problem seems to be a lack of audience awareness,
(the ability to see what they are writing from the point of view of the
intended audience). They could learn a lot from the http://www.alice.org/
people, particularly their user-oriented testing methodology in which they
watch helplessly as newbies fumble trying to get started.
If a newbie doesn't understand it immediately, it's a bug.
I recommend just running the tutorial. The secret door to the tutorial
room can be unlocked as follows:
1. Go to your .../manage page.
2. Read the secret scroll labeled "Select type to add..."
3. At the very bottom of the scroll is a level 1 spell: "Zope Tutorial"
4. Entone the spell, and follow where it leads.
Also, there is a small depression in the rock in the upper right corner
of nearly every room with an inscription "Help!". Being a hero, you
must push on the depression. A magic scroll will appear in front of
you. Reading the scroll gives a +2 bonus to Wisdom.
Having done this, I have crossed over from seeing Zope as powerful,
mysterious, and impossible to fathom. I now see Zope as a pretty neat,
powerful, easy to use tool. I also feel smug now. :-)
Here's my first real Zope result after running the tutorial: a shameless
plug to my resume :-) I'm still working on the content, so check again
- Ken Seehof