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|
|Managed Through the Web|
Another significant feature of Zope that comes from its web-to-objects philosophy is its entirely through the web management. A Zope is like its own little file system (but smarter, see Integrated object database above), and a web browser is its navigation and management interface. Combined with Zope's security options, this makes maintainence an anywhere-in-the-world task. Want to hand management of an area of the site off to someone else? Add a user folder to the folder you want to give them access to, make a user object with a name and a password, and tell them the URL to go to. If they have a browser that supports frames, they now have access. No setting up FTP and Telnet acounts. No requiring them to download and learn another client program. No having to deny users access because there's no client support for their particular operating system.
Zope's management interface is intuitive and simple. The left frame contains a tree of folderish objects (objects that can contain other Zope objects) for navigating to different points. The right frame is the workspace for the objects which uses a tabbed-style interface (a row of links across the top) for switching between different views and management options for an object. And it's fast loading due to its use of simple non-flashy images (which are less bulky and distracting) and light frame and table use. It uses standard HTML as much as possible to ensure the widest browser support without sacrificing usability.
|Direct URL Access to Objects|