[Zope] Zope 2 Development Best Practices

Marco Bizzarri marco.bizzarri at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 07:27:38 EDT 2007

On 4/13/07, Edward Pollard <edward.pollard at uleth.ca> wrote:
> Greetings,
> A few years back our institution adopted Zope to support some CMS-like
> development on a zero-dollar budget. We achieved our primary goals in no
> time at all, and we very happy.
> Since that time we have used Zope to deliver a number of solutions to our
> organization.
> However, as the complexity of our operation increases, it becomes more and
> more apparent that our coding standards for Zope are very low. We've leaned
> on the existing Zope community - adopting code, borrowing ideas, trying to
> learn - but have never seen anything that helps us better understand the
> philosophy and structure that would underly a strong understanding of
> Zopishness.
> For instance, here are a few gems from our playbook. Please note first that
> everything works to our needs and we are trying to find a way out of the
> darkness. We're smart folks, but I fear we have strayed far from the path of
> wisdom and light.
> - We have never developed a python based product, although we have hung a
> gigantic amount of external methods off of a half dozen pages to make it go.
> And yes, we use ZClasses (shock)
> - We have solved problems by modifying the ZServer source code.
> - We have developed entire database driven products inside external methods.
> - Every Z SQL Method we have has a python script associated with it to
> massage input and output (and manually enforces security).
> Of course, a google of Zope Best Practices just brings me a bunch of Plone
> development stuff. That is of no use.
> So where is the knowledge I seek to be found? Understanding that open source
> products are prone to such abuses, I've not been able to find anything as a
> starting ground to reform our ways.
> Thanks in advance.
> --
> Edward J. Pollard, B.Sc.
> Webmaster
> Information Technology | WEB Team
> University of Lethbridge
> e. edward.pollard at uleth.ca
> p. 403-380-1828

If you don't have already read, take a look at a thread named
something like "Smart development". I sent some suggestions for
development in teams on Zope, and I hope you will find them useful.


Marco Bizzarri

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