>I'm considering using Zope as the development tool for my next web
>project. However, I read from a recent benchmark test (from Qube, i think)
>that Zope(running thru Zserver?) is much SLOWER than Apache and
>AOLserver. Is that true? To all Zope users and 'guru's, what is yr
>experience using Zope?
I run the QubeQuorner weblog where those numbers came from.
Zope isn't slow. It's slower than Apache serving static pages. But Zope is
dynamic. I haven't yet had time to do proper dynamic comparisons between
the various servers.
I run a few Zope sites. And I'm adding more Zope sites. I wouldn't do that
if I thought it was too slow.
There is a lot involved in making a site faster or slower. Adding a few
graphics to your web page is going to make it slower than an all-text page.
An all-text page vs a mixed text and graphics page can be almost twice as
fast. Your connection to the site is going to affect "apparent"
performance. For example, while I have a cable modem at home, and my Zope
server sits on a fast T1 (there are slow T1s and fast ones), the connection
in the evenings is too slow for me use my server. That's @Home's fault, not
Zope's. And our T1 will fill up well before Zope runs out of steam on my box.
Technocrat.net is a Zope site. They were Slashdotted and survived without
any apparent problems. And they were running Zope on a Pentium 120! I
believe they upgraded to a PII-450 after that episode, just to be safe.
I have a list of Pystone benchmarks on my QQ site too:
A PIII-850 gives tremendous Python performance, which should translate to
impressive Zope numbers too. Zope.org, however, doesn't run on nearly the
fastest hardware available, and it rarely seems slow to me.
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