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The Zope Book
by Amos Lattier
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The Zope Book is an authoritative guide to Zope, an open-source Web application server. Zope goes beyond server-side scripting languages like PHP by providing a complete object framework, a built-in Web server, a Web-based management interface, and load-balancing through ZEO (Zope Enterprise Objects). That's a considerable punch, and Zope is attracting increasing interest from developers looking for an alternative to heavyweight commercial application servers. Zope is implemented in Python, an object-oriented scripting language, and runs on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.
Written by Zope developers, this title is concise and to the point. It is aimed at people new to Zope as well as current users, although some existing knowledge of Web technology is necessary. The book is organized into three parts. The first part is introductory, outlining how Zope works and explaining basic DTML (Document Template Markup Language), a tag-based language for server-side scripting. The second, and longest, part tackles users and security, scripting with Python or Perl, using Zope's built-in search engine, and connecting to relational databases. Part three covers scaling and extending Zope, with a short chapter on ZEO and information on creating your own custom Zope classes. Reference material is contained in two appendices, one for DTML and the other for the core Zope API.
The Zope Book offers an excellent, high-level view supplemented by more detail for the most common development tasks. The authors refer you to Zope's documentation or other resources for the most advanced or specialist topics. The result is ideal for evaluating Zope, and also useful for getting started with Zope projects. --Tim Anderson, amazon.co.uk
~Stephanie Wall, Executive Editor, New Riders Publishing
~Amos Latteier and Michel Pelletier, July 2001
-DTML Documents Versus DTML Methods
"The Zope Book will serve both newbies and experienced Zope users well. The authors provided an excellent learning curve which, while it assumes prior programming knowledge, respects that many users will be new to Zope and therefore works through the material gradually, and still provides enough information to make it an invaluable reference for experienced users too."
~Tane Piper - Webmaster, Zopegeeks.org
The Zope Book is a book for web developers and website administrators on how to use Zope.
Part I, Introducing Zope, gets you the reader up and running with Zope, teaches then what Zope can do, whom Zope is for, and how Zope is different from other web application servers.
Part II, Creating Web Applications with Zope, takes what readers learned in Part I to the next step. They learn how to integrate the Zope fundamentals to create robust applications.
Part III, Developing Advanced Web Applications with Zope, instructs readers on how to work with the advanced features of Zope.
About the Author
Amos Latteier is a software engineer with Zope Corporation, the company that publishes Zope. He started hacking Python in the 1.3 days. He was one of the first users of Bobo, Zope's precursor. Using Bobo, he wrote Web applications for Hewlett Packard and others. Later he joined Zope Corporation and helped usher Zope into existence. Amos wrote most of Zope's initial networking and XML support. More recently, he developed training materials, wrote the online Help system, and wrote officially documentation and magazine articles about Zope. He is currently planning Zope's future directions. Michel Pelletier has been a software developer for Zope Corporation since January of 1999, right about the same time Zope became Open Source. Michel likes to hike, fly, read, drink beer, play his horns, and of coarse, hack in his favorite language, Python. Michel lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Before working for the Zope Corporation, Michel was self-employed in a number of jobs including freelance network engineer, waiter, software consultant, beer taster, sales associate, pizza restaurant manager, starving musician, dish washer, bum, Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and college drop-out.
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