ZClasses are not an expert technology to use, they are an introduction to Zope... Just because I use a thing, doesn't mean I can support/maintain a thing. I can read the list, and try to help folks with questions that I've experienced... that's the support that can be offered at my skill level.
If that's not enough... fine... drop ZClasses, then DTML (you know, its next)... and all the folks in this boat with me.
ZC should decide whether the benefits of ZClasses for low-end developers match against the hurdles to keeping it with the newer Zope releases. If they don't see a need for this skill-level type of tool in Zope's feature list, they will pay down the road... Growth is king, even for Zope, who grew this platform? Growth means newbies, right? What elements got Zope to where it is? Could ZClasses be on that list? Why?
And seeing comments like...
- "Move to Zope Python Products" - you cant see the skill differences between OOP & Zope's API vs. ZClasses
- "Use the Archetypes/CMF/Plone setup" - UML training? the CMF API and Plone underpinnings, easy?
- "Maintain it yourself then" - Update very slick code within Zope's flexible and aging API, with ZODB API too? Maintain it...Yeah sure, hows this afternoon.
... just show me how under-represented that beginner and intermediate Zope developers use this list... and then I think, perhaps there aren't any, just me and a few others... and if that's the case, Zope's screwed, and the horse I rode in on.
And so here's the confession... "Hello, I'm Jon... I've used Zope for 2 years, and I can't help others program high-level Python OOP tools/platform resources in a propriety web content management server. I only can support their efforts when the occasional mailing list opportunities present themselves."
-Jon Cyr, Intermediate Zope Developer
Andreas Jung wrote:
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