[ZDP] OpenContent issues
Tue, 18 May 1999 07:58:00 -0400
> I just got back from a weeklong conference, so the first
> thing I did when
> I got to my computer is to delete 95% of the emails in my
> inbox. I just
> noticed that there was a discussion re: a Zope book.
> Let me say a couple of things re: Zope & books, as a Zope newbie but
> supporter, and (more relevantly), as the co-author of Learning Python
> (which, BTW, mentions Zope twice =).
...and they are very good mentions. Thanks, David (oh, and it's a very
good book as well, much deserving the attention it is getting).
> 1) At least one person at O'Reilly with a fair bit of influence (Frank
> Willison, editor-in-chief) is aware of, and interested in,
> Zope. He
> was at IPC when Paul announced the OpenSourcing of
> Principia, and he's
> a keen observer of these issues. Other folks related to
> ORA also pay
> attention to Zope.
That's wonderful news. I can speak with conviction (and inside
knowledge) that we are on the tip of a wild growth curve with Zope. For
instance, I had my first industry analyst conference call yesterday,
which is definately a sign of things to come.
My talks at WWW8 were extremely well received, meaning the meme is
getting better travelled now. Also, got a card from someone at another
major publisher that badly wants a Zope book to get started.
> 2) I got the vague impression from some DC folks that there
> were thoughts
> a long time ago re: a Zope book. I don't have any specifics. Ask
> someone with a @digicool.com address =).
I'm definately the one to come to for vague impressions :^) Let me
state unequivocally that we will directly support a demonstrably serious
effort to create a Zope book. However, we might attach some strings
(such as requiring that drafts be Open Content).
One other note on the subject of documentation. The PHP folks have a
publicly-annotated system for authoring their manuals. Pretty neat, not
awfully hi-tech but they've been at it for a long time.