There is extremely useful and informative thread on Zope-Zeo on this issue.
I have the exact same problem and Im looking at using Zeo to use two
databases in a similar fashion.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Crosley" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 6:31 AM
Subject: [Zope] Version Control in Zope / Managing releases

> As our development team grows, and our application grows more complex,
> version control in Zope becomes more problematic.  I'm trying to do
> some research into the different techniques people are using to manage
> application development.
> Here's our current situation.
> *We have a web application that contains both your standard web
> site/marketing copy type pages, and the application itself.
> *We have a team of 7 developers including application developers and
> HTML coders/Graphic Artists.
> We have a number of problems we're trying to solve.  If you have a
> solution that's worked for you for any of these problems, I'd love to
> hear about it.
> 1) "Code Collisions."  - Developers overwriting each other's work.
> 2) Partial updates - Right now, we have new pages for marketing
> content that are held up because we don't have our new features for
> the application done yet.  So we can't update marketing pages without
> updating the app at the same time, (one ZODB) unless we directly
> update the production servers. (Eeek!)
> We looked at ZCVSMixin for a solution to problem 1, and it shows a lot
> of promise but isn't quite there yet.  For problem 2, we considered
> the idea of running two Zopes for the app, using one to serve the
> marketing pages, and one for the application pages so they could be
> updated independently.  Has anyone done that?  We have images and
> appearance attributes stored in the ZODB and don't want to have to
> keep seperate sets of those, so any solution would have to be able to
> draw off the same images and appearance variables.
> Any feedback anyone can provide would be very helpful.
> Thanks,
> Bob
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