I've been holding off status updates on the AdaptableStorage project until I could say I'm confident that the approach will work and it's easy enough to write your own serialization components. After numerous refactorings, I'm pleased to say that it actually works and does everything I hoped!

AdaptableStorage lets you store ZODB objects in your own database and in your format, *without* using special content classes. You can use a filesystem directory, a relational database, or whatever kind of database you might have as a ZODB.

This is very different from all previous solutions. LocalFS, ExtFile, CMF directory views, and other similar products require you to use special content classes that store themselves outside the ZODB. OracleStorage and CVSFile store all objects as pickles. Other solutions have similar issues. AdaptableStorage, however, reuses as much of ZODB as possible to achieve orthogonal persistence to arbitrary databases and formats.

This is only a status report, not an announcement that it's finished, so the documentation is not done yet. But there are interfaces, unit tests, and a basic diagram. You can use DBTab to mount an AdaptableStorage instance. As a test, I have successfully used AdaptableStorage to create a CMF site on both the filesystem and in a Postgres database.

Here's a way to get a preview. (It may not work in MS Windows yet.) Get a very recent version of Zope 2.6 (or perhaps even the HEAD). Then check out AdaptableStorage and DBTab from CVS:

cvs -d :pserver:[EMAIL PROTECTED]:/cvs-repository co Products/AdaptableStorage
cvs -d :pserver:[EMAIL PROTECTED]:/cvs-repository co Products/DBTab

Move the two products to the Products directory of your Zope instance. Create a dbtab.conf file in your <Zope> directory with the following:

[Storage: FS]

[Database: FS]

Don't forget to create the directory "myfs" like this:

mkdir var/myfs

Start Zope and choose "Add DBTab Mount Point" in the management UI. You should get a checkbox next to the "/fs" mount. Create that mount point. Now visit /fs and add stuff. Watch var/myfs/fs, which will contain all the objects you create.

You can't yet copy/paste, import, or export, but you can add just about any kind of object. The files under var/myfs/fs currently contain pickles, but that's only because AdaptableStorage doesn't have a mapper registered for most kinds of objects and it falls back to the default mappers. But AdaptableStorage does know about Folders and it creates a directory for them. It also works the other way around: if you create a directory on the filesystem, you'll see it in Zope as a Folder.

If you're adventurous, you can also set up a SQL connection using psycopg and the following dbtab.conf entries:

[Storage: Postgres]

[Database: Postgres]

You might observe that it's a little less responsive than regular ZODB. Edit dbtab.conf, changing "volatile=1" to "volatile=0", to get the full benefits of the ZODB cache. The downside is that changes you make on the filesystem won't be reflected immediately, but in a lot of environments, that is acceptable.

The AdaptableStorage I presented at the O'Reilly Open Source conference was specific to Zope 2. This version is not. In fact, most of it isn't even specific to ZODB. Its core is a general serialization framework with pattern names drawn from Martin Fowler's book.

Let me know if you run into troubles. I've been testing it with the Zope HEAD on Python 2.2.2. This is the product of many months of inspiration and perspiration. :-) It's not perfect, but the basic concepts and interfaces are in good shape. Comments welcome.


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