Zope QuickStart

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.

This QuickStart is built with Zope objects -- take a look!

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.

Start working in the management screens

+ Database Integration
+ Content Management
+ Application Development
- Web to Objects
+ Integrated Object Database
+ Data Sharing
+ Managed Through the Web
- Direct URL Access to Objects

An added benefit of Zope's web-to-object mapping is that URL's address objects directly and most importantly make sense. Instead of addressing an object with a URL like:


You can use a URL like


This calls the method (or Document) nameForm on the object forms contained by the object blu, and passes the parameter form_id to the method. This is more in step with traditional file-based publishing which is a hierarchy of folders/directories containing HTML documents. But now, the folders and documents have brains. And those brains don't tax yours by forcing you to manage long and ugly object access keys. So using a regular URL you can communicate with any object in the system directly. All through a regular web browser.

+ Security
+ Sessions
+ Undo