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Zope Web Application Construction Kit

2.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0672321337
ISBN-10: 0672321335
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From the Back Cover

Zope is a powerful application server and content management system, but because it is an open-source technology there is a tremendous need for reliable, practical documentation showing developers how to leverage Zope to its fullest. Written by developers at Beehive Electronic Media Inc., one of the world's leading Zope consulting firms, Zope Web Application Construction Kit provides readers with a practical, straightforward guide -- along with all the needed software -- to setting up and developing powerful Web applications using Zope.

About the Author

Martina Brockmann was born in 1978 in Eastern Germany. She finished school in 1998 and moved to Berlin, where she started studying History and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin. When she started working at beehive two years later, Martina made first contact with Zope. At beehive she wrote documentation and user manuals for beehiveÕs own projects and for projects of beehiveÕs customers. Earlier this year Martina worked as a co-writer for Zope: Content Management and Web Application Server, which is the first German Zope book.

K. Kirchner was born in Berlin in 1977 and finished school in 1996. After getting a degree in Commercial Correspondence, Kirchner started studying Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin and began working at beehive GmbH. Since then, Kirchner has been writing e-books on Zope and documentation for projects of beehiveÕs customers, and has co-authored the first German Zope book Zope: Content Management and Web Application Server. Mark Pratt is the managing director of beehive GmbH. He co-wrote the CMF chapter as well as Chapter 1 with K. Kirchner.

Sebastian Lühnsdorf has been working for beehive GmbH since June 1995. He is responsible for planning, designing, and implementing Web applications based on Zope. He is the co-author of the free Zope product the MetaPublisher and created the CMFMetaPublisher especially for this book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (October 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672321335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672321337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,448,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just retured from a trip to the dumpster; after tearing my hair out for two hours over the example in Chapter 3, I have rediscovered why I rarely trust books from this publisher. The example, as written, does not work, and the publisher has not offered any sort of errata for this book. If anyone would like a free copy of this book, go comb the Rockland landfill.
Aside from the untested and unproofed examples, the text was rather disjointed, and provided a skimming the surface view of Zope that seems to offer precious little foundation in the system. The open source book, provided at [web address] has been far more helpful, and cheaper to boot.
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Zope WACK can povide some very good general understanding of how Zope works and what you are supposed to do in order to get work done. It is particularly good, for instance, on the installation issues - better than the free downloadable Zope book. When it comes to specifics, though, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. Zope's foundation lies on the ability to manipulate web data - most notably databases. WACK's initial chapter on connecting Zope to databases provides a step-by-step tutorial - an addressbook example using Zope's built-in limited database (called Gadfly)... that doesn't work. Given that WACK doesn't provide an overview of how the various pieces are supposed to work together, troubleshooting is hampered even more. More frustrating, WACK falls into a familiar trap of books of this sort: there is no indication of possible troublespots to look for when something goes wrong (e.g., user error). Finally, since the examples WACK provides are cumulative, if something doesn't work - and you've quadruple-checked your code character for character - you're stuck.
In general, though, WACK is a book of individual tutorials for various uses for Zope, rather than an overview of how Zope can be used to build web applications. The book IS one of the better descriptive texts on how to do various Zope tasks, as it's written in very clear language (the authors are German, and the Sam's proofreaders failed to catch all of the translations, so be prepared for minor German vocabulary lessons). I would recommend this book for an alternative explanation on how to do things, but be prepared to have another, more technically accurate, reference manual handy to cross-check the glitches.
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Buyer Beware. I bought this book to work through enough tutorials to prototype a Zope site. For each chapter, there are missing code fragments, code on the CD that doesn't match to the book, and lot's of general typos. I forgive the typos, as I believe this a translated work, but not having matching code really ticks me off.
In general, even a skilled developer _will not_ be able to work through _any_ of the examples to fruition. Thus the [money] you'll spend here will get you some background information, but not working examples.
The final insult to the reader is that the Publisher does not have an errata site where corrections could be posted. If you have the time, do some more research and skip this purchase. In the meantime, I'll continue to try and learn Zope... where's the zen?
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I'm a newbie to this Zope, and would really like to see some working examples of this product, so I can at least compare what is correct to what is in this book. None of the examples I've come across so far work! What's worse; I cannot figure out what's wrong with them because I DO NOT KNOW ZOPE YET! I bought this for $., and I guess for examples, its ok. But man, if you want to come across as an authority in something, it wouild be helpful to make your books' examples workable.
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This book has had a slating from several reviewers, mainly due to the fact that the code supplied for Chapter 3 doesn't work as is - at least on current versions of Zope. I found that by removing the quotation marks from all the dtml-sqlvar variables it then worked perfectly, and the code from chapter 4 had no issues at all.
Other than that, this is a fine introduction to many aspects of Zope and well-known Zope products, though perhaps becoming a little outdated now (summer 2003) with the advent of Plone and the imminent(ish) release of Zope 3. There are some typos, and the book is written in a charming European English: these shouldn't cause you any real problems.
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