Welcome to Zope - a new generation of software that we call a web application platform. Like web application servers, Zope provides very high performance and a strong framework for dynamic applications.
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Zope, though, is distinguished by its integrated object database which, when combined with a revolutionary object model, provides a completely unique facility for servicing content managers and web application developers. This outline, implemented in Zope, talks about the various strengths of the Zope platform and some of the other products available for it.
|Web to Objects|
|Integrated Object Database|
At the heart of Zope is an integrated object database. This database mirrors the URL used to access objects, and behaves like a file system. The neat trick, however, is that these are intelligent objects, not dumb files. Information can be shared easily and dynamically across folders and documents and other Zope objects without the need to batch process every file in the system to accomodate a small change, say in a header or footer.
These objects can be "dropped in" at any time and anywhere. Out of the box Zope comes with support for some already common objects such as folders, images, arbitrary files, and documents. These objects, through use of folder properties, acquisition, and DTML (Zope's Document Template Markup Language) already give you enough to make a dynamic smart site using objects similar to what is used with static, "dumb" means of publishing.
But there's more. Out of the box Zope also comes with support for
User Folders for managing access at any level of the site (and all
Zope objects have configurable security attributes). There are also
Session objects which allow the entire site or portions of the
site to be modified live without affecting normal use of
the site. Only users that have joined the session can see the changes
until they're commited to the main database. Lastly, there are
MailHost objects for configuring access to SMTP servers for use
with the DTML
Furthermore, this object database is transactional, meaning that only succesful changes will be commited to the database. It supports multi-level Undo, allowing the state of objects to be rolled back to previous versions.
|Managed Through the Web|
|Direct URL Access to Objects|