1. Is Zope3 already in use in productive environments? Where are
We are using Zope 3 pretty heavily in a productive environment, but
unfortunately the URLs are secure at this point. We build financial
applications and we are building more. Our live RDBMS application is
an administrative tool that queries 4 different financial databases.
2. Are there any bigger sites running on Zope3 (> 5 mio. accesses
We expect to have loads much greater than this when we are completed,
but we do not have any in production.
We do mostly SQL/RDBMS. We have tried ZAlchmey, and SQLOs, but we
find them both a bit limiting and simultaneous complex to get them to
work they way we wanted. In general when one develops and RDBMS
application of any size, the database structure can get very
complex. In order to integrate them into Zope 3 just right, it's
best to manually code the containers and objects. We have been able
to simplify the process quite a bit and we are very happy with it.
It's amazing scalable. If you do decide to go this way, I would be
glad to share our RBDMS package and procedures. We've developed some
guidelines to improve development. We use MySQL exclusively.
3. Our main problem is: in our Zope2-application we stored our
content in a
RDBMS, we avoided ZODB for that stuff. We are definitely going to
use an RDBMS
(PostgreSQL/MySQL) for the new (Zope3 or Django)-project and still
want to avoid
ZODB where possible. This architectural decision is carved out of
Now, where should we start with it in Zope3 to connect it to an RDBMS?
We use the MySQL adapter. Zope 3 has a bug in the database adapters
that requires having to use global utilities (etc/overrides.zcml). It
is otherwise stable. In otherwords you cannot currently add and use
database adapters in Zope 3 through the ZMI but can through
3.1 We have found 'PostGreSQL Database Adapter' and 'MySQL Database
Adapter'. Both are from the Isar sprint (2004-11-06). Are they out
or just 'nearly perfect'? Is anybody using these adapters?
3.2 sqlos - SQLObject Support package (http://codespeak.net/z3/
I find it easier to hand code than use the third party packages. We
have created our own classes that we find a bit more simple and
versatile. I suppose this is a preference thing.
Is it stable? Has someone experiences with it?
Stephan Richter says: "On the other hand, not many people use
it might not be as supported as you wish it would be." Is that
3.3 Also there is 'zsqlmap: Zope3 wrapper for SQLObject'
(http://www.zope.org/Members/garanin/zsqlmap). This is not really a
solution for us because the version number is 0.01b and the author
'NOTE: i tested only postgres.' Not really a capable product...
The ZMI is everything in regards to management. The new approach is
to skin the ZMI to match your own design scheme. The staff who uses
our old management applications in UNIX and PHP loves the new Zope 3
stuff we've done. It's so simple that we plan on extending some of
the administrative functionality to our clients.
4. Has anybody practical experience and hints with Zope3 and RDBMS?
5. The ZMI: In Zope2 we never used it.
Do we need the ZMI in Zope 3 just if we will not use the ZODB for
content objects but an RDBMS instead. According to 'Web Component
with Zope 3' by Philipp von Weiterhausen the ZMI is used to manage
stored in the ZODB, so our assumption is, if we do not store them
in the ZODB,
we do not need the ZMI. Is that right or do we need the ZMI for
Do we need ZMI in Zope3 for administration or can we do that with
I disagree completely. We use SQL although I do wish that SQL
integration was stronger. The structure of Zope is excellent for
scalability. You'll pay up front a little, but the simplicity and
versatility is really great. We've basically only found 2 platforms
that scaled well, J2EE and Zope 3. Zope 3 is vastly better in nearly
every way in my opinion, except perhaps documentation. The
documentation is very weak, but it is a young platform. The content
view model of Zope 3 and the clean API's is wonderful. The platform
as a whole allows us to develop clean stable scalable code.
6. Last but not least two quotes from the zope3-dev mailinglist
>Shane Hathaway wrote:
>> It could
>> turn out that people who don't want ZODB really shouldn't use
>This has been the case in my experience...
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