Brian, I understand your point. By making Zope a solid framework for starters
and believers, every member of the comunity could have the chance to write the
components he needs most, contributing in this way to increase Zope's features.
Maybe I was wrong at considering the Roadmap as a guide to all of us. It sounded
to me like "do you want to help? Ok, try this, we need hands right here",
meaning a call to focus on certain core essentials of the framework's evolution,
rather than rebuilding certain not-so-important components again and again.

I talked about Google and Zcatalog, not to compare them one to one, but to
mention how important the searching itself is as a Zope's core function, and how
important it is to improve it , precisely to allow future developers to build
over it and to deal with the kind of features I made comments about: Structuring
unstructured documents, finding related content, etc.
I also understand the "suitable component" strategy, when you mentioned the case
of a Verity Search component to work with Zope, as a probable future non-DC
development, and I would add Ultraseek as a natural pick up (provided it's
entirely written in Python).
I've played around with this last, and I will say that no matter how hard you
look for it, you won't find the feature "please don't show me the meta
description nor the first lines of the document as a summary" :)  You won't. And
if you ask to an Inktomi representant he will tell you, "no sir, our software
won't show you the queried words at the result's summaries (like Webinator or
Google) because it is too memory consuming"  ! :)

That's why I turn my eyes to Zope and have mixed feelings about ZCatalog. It's
so great that it's possible to use it at everywhere a logic sentence can be. But
it's frustrating when, ie, no matter how many homeworks you did at learning
dtml, you just can't alter the iteration (like eliminating repeated records from
an OR search) without a sort of patch. And according to your policy, to make
"wildly easier" to developers to write new components (like the ones in my wish
list),  this last is an example of where it's possible "substancial
improvements".  :)

Thanks for your kind atention,


p.d:  I'm sorry for the original cross post. I didn't notice it was forbidden.

----- Mensaje original -----
De: "Brian Lloyd" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Enviado: Martes, 27 de Febrero de 2001 10:55 a.m.

> You have posed an important question (and, probably some answers),
> that hopefully I can clarify.
> One of the all-important points of the Zope directions document
> is that our number one goal is to make it wildly easier for
> _developers_ to create and deploy quality components. Why is this
> so important? Your questions in this email is why that is so
> important.
> You are very interested in high-quality search capabilities, and
> others certainly are as well. Some other folks care more about
> E-Commerce, or Corba integration, or communication with Java
> components.
> The problem, of course, is that even if DC devoted every single
> person here to creating the "best search engine" (which we
> couldn't do for very long - we'd soon be gone), we would still
> be hard pressed to even come close to making everybody happy
> or being competitive with every other search engine vendor
> out there. And the reality is that it is not our goal in life
> to be a better Google than Google.
> Multiply that by the number of things people want (ECommerce, Corba,
> et. al.), and the problem is quite clear - *DC cannot possibly
> provide the best, most featureful and competitive component for
> every problem*.
> The *solution* to this problem is what is outlined in the Zope
> directions document - dramatically lowering the bar of development
> to allow a thriving marketplace of robust components (that are *not*
> written by DC), allows interested parties to write (or better yet,
> reuse) "the best x component" for their purposes.
> In the future, Zope may come with "some batteries included", in that
> a Zope distribution may include the latest versions of the most popular
> and widely used components. But we hope that the idea of "The ZCatalog"
> (for instance) will fall by the wayside. Zope may still come with a
> search component such as ZCatalog that is useful for certain tasks and
> perhaps as a learningtool, but it will not be an infinitely-scalable
> infinitely-featureful thing that everyone uses for every problem.
> The hope is that when you outgrow ZCatalog you can move on to other
> search components particularly suited to your problem domain. If
> you scale beyond what ZC can handle, maybe you move up to some
> VeritySearch component that makes use of existing software. Even
> now, with the current pain level of component development, building
> a VeritySearch component would probably take considerably less time
> than building and maintaining equivalent features into "the ZCatalog".
> This is the future - the way that Zope will succeed is by being the
> best framework and component integration platform for the Web, not
> by trying to compete with verticals like search engine vendors on
> feature points. "Use the right tool for the job" is something we
> have always believed in, and providing a platform that will allow
> you to use and integrate the most appropriate tools will be our
> focus going forward. That is why "substantial improvement of
> searching features" is not on the futures roadmap - we do not want
> to provide the best search engine for every task. We want to make
> it easy for you to build or integrate the "right" search solution
> for your task.
> Brian Lloyd        [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Software Engineer  540.371.6909
> Digital Creations

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