I have been developing for Zope for about half a year now and it took considerable effort to get anything going.
I would suggest that's because you chose to use what are, imho, overly complex products ;-)
With respect to CMS, Plone archetypes are too simplistic for complex data/document types and customisation takes too much effort.
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