[ZDP] Deprez' writings

Shaw, Howard ShawH@STHS.org
Thu, 6 May 1999 12:50:27 -0500

Here is another chunk partially rewritten...

Looking at Zope

As with all such introductions of new programs, it is obligatory that we
discuss the benefits and advantages of Zope over similar programs. From
this point on, I'm going to try to explain why I've choosen to use Zope.
So, mostly I'll talk about the advantages of Zope (It is, after all, my
personal choice! :-)). However, knowing my background, it's entirely
possible that what I'm going to list as a benefit of Zope, may also be
present in another program. I am not intimately familiar with all of the
web application platforms, so forgive my lack of knowledge. And, of
course, it is possible that some other programs implement a particular
task better then Zope. Every program has its pro's and con's, and so as
always, it is up to you, the user, to determine which one is the best
fit for your purpose. It is often very difficult to find a neutral
person in your struggle to find the most appropriate application to suit
your needs. 'Experts', as we love to call them (although it's my opinion
that everybody can be an expert) often are experts with a particular
program because they have focused on it to the exclusion of others. Very
often asking questions of these persons about their chosen application
is much the same as viewing an advertisement, although it may not be
their intention, and certainly you can't fault them for their
enthusiasm. The problem is that they know their program so well, they
can achieve almost anything with it. But for an outsider or a new user,
that same program can become a struggle and a stumbling block to
accomplish even the most meager of goals. At this moment, I'm just at
the start of getting in to Zope. At the best, I did some small tests to
see what Zope was all about and saturated the Zope mailing list with
questions. Therefore I think that at this moment my opinion is  still
somewhat 'neutral', and some disadvantages (in my point of view) are
described as well.

Howard Clinton Shaw III
St. Thomas High School