I have woes calling a long-running external class method.  The external method must be 
called after
class instance is constructed, because the method modifies class properties.  
Modifications are 
done in the external method using python's urllib pointing to the object's manage_edit 
DTML method.  
This is done to keep the class updated with progress of this long running process.  
The process, by 
the way, is started in a daemon thread so my class_add DTML method can return and 

I know I'm getting tangled up in DTML namespaces.  For instance, I know I can do the 
inside my class_add DTML method:

<dtml-with "ZDeform2DClass.createInObjectManager(REQUEST['id'], REQUEST)">
  <dtml-call "propertysheets.SimulationStatus.manage_editProperties(REQUEST)">
  <dtml-call "ZDeformStart()">

where ZDeformStart is the external method.  But I can't do this because it's a gamble 
to assume the
instance is created before the external method tries to call the instance's 
manage_edit!  I don't
think the class
is committed until the final /dtml-with.  I have tried synching the daemon thread in 
the external
but this conflicts with Zope pickling...

I would like to do something like: 

<dtml-with "ZDeform2DClass.createInObjectManager(REQUEST['id'], REQUEST)">
  <dtml-call "propertysheets.SimulationStatus.manage_editProperties(REQUEST)">

<dtml-call "ZDeform2DClass.ZDeformStart()">

This ensures the class is committed before ZDeformStart is called, but this returns an 
ZDeformStart.  I don't know how to call this method outside the "with" constructor.  
Could someone 
offer a zope-line?  

David Mika
GE Corporate Research & Development
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