On 4/13/07, Edward Pollard <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

A few years back our institution adopted Zope to support some CMS-like
development on a zero-dollar budget. We achieved our primary goals in no
time at all, and we very happy.

Since that time we have used Zope to deliver a number of solutions to our

However, as the complexity of our operation increases, it becomes more and
more apparent that our coding standards for Zope are very low. We've leaned
on the existing Zope community - adopting code, borrowing ideas, trying to
learn - but have never seen anything that helps us better understand the
philosophy and structure that would underly a strong understanding of

For instance, here are a few gems from our playbook. Please note first that
everything works to our needs and we are trying to find a way out of the
darkness. We're smart folks, but I fear we have strayed far from the path of
wisdom and light.

- We have never developed a python based product, although we have hung a
gigantic amount of external methods off of a half dozen pages to make it go.
And yes, we use ZClasses (shock)

- We have solved problems by modifying the ZServer source code.

- We have developed entire database driven products inside external methods.

- Every Z SQL Method we have has a python script associated with it to
massage input and output (and manually enforces security).

Of course, a google of Zope Best Practices just brings me a bunch of Plone
development stuff. That is of no use.

So where is the knowledge I seek to be found? Understanding that open source
products are prone to such abuses, I've not been able to find anything as a
starting ground to reform our ways.

Thanks in advance.

Edward J. Pollard, B.Sc.
Information Technology | WEB Team
University of Lethbridge
p. 403-380-1828

If you don't have already read, take a look at a thread named
something like "Smart development". I sent some suggestions for
development in teams on Zope, and I hope you will find them useful.


Marco Bizzarri
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