[Zope] Zope2 - pro/contra

robert rottermann robert at redcor.ch
Tue Mar 17 06:46:47 CET 2015

I just had to port an Intranet to modern hardware/Linux that has been created 
in  1996 using plain zope and has been "programmatically" untouched since 2001.
The Intranet is rather complex and provides a kind of ERP on very technical data.
The application consist of some 1000 little dtml scripts and is totaly 
But it runs and runs and runs and is heavily used..

Unhindered by the fact that the inner working of the Intranet is unfathomable 
the transition to an up to date virtualized linux, actual postgres and such  
went rather easily.

Zope might be a zombie, but it is a great and sturdy one ..

hats of to its creators..


On 17.03.2015 02:37, Jesus Cea wrote:
> On 07/03/15 16:30, Simon Michael wrote:
>> I've sent you a download link.
>> I’m somewhat familiar with it, as I managed at least the zope2 wiki (and
>> wrote Zwiki)
> ZWIKI... God...
> Is there any possibility of upgrading it to support current Zope2?. I
> have currently two zope instances: a current zope and an aging Zope 2.10
> just to host ZWIKI :(.
> About current topic: I am not a web developer. I host my (heavy)
> personal ZOPE webserver and a handful of WSGI handcoded services. But my
> Zope webserver is working well and I am happy with it. Every now and
> then I have to write new logic and I must decide to "invest" into Zope o
> just bite the bullet and jump to Django, Piramid, whatever.
> I am keeping Zope because I am using it since 1998 and I know it
> inside-out. I can do whatever I want with it and the HUGE learning curve
> is already amortized. I just consider other choices because I feel that
> Zope 2 is a dead-end, not because I am unhappy with it. But Zope wins
> every time so far :)
> That said, documentation is really painful. It is very fragmented and it
> is not easy to separate "outdated" from "current". Messy. Since current
> codebase seems to change really slowly (mature!) I would love to see a
> documentation effort. Not holding my breath :-(. Most of the time, when
> implementing something new, I don't have any other choice than dive into
> the Zope sourcecode. Doable but time-wasting.
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