[ZWeb] Zope.org and New zope.org status
Guido van Rossum
Wed, 08 Jan 2003 20:48:06 -0500
Here are Zope Corporation's status reports from zope.org and the "new
zope.org" effort. We haven't been keeping the community up to date
very frequently regarding our efforts to improve these sites, for
which our apologies. From now on we'll try to do better. Apologies
for the cross-posting; please direct followups to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First the zope.org status report. The big news here is that we now
have a (part-time) paid webmaster, Jeffrey Shell. (Some of you may
already have noticed this, but AFAICT it was never officially
announced.) Jeffrey has calmly and quietly been gardening the
zope.org website, adding a link here, cleaning up a page there. To
reach Jeffrey, send email to email@example.com.
Next, the new zope.org effort. When we last reported on this, we had
hired Sidnei da Silva to convert the old site to a more recent version
of Zope and CMF. The site will also get a new look (based on the
contest winner (similar to www.zope.ch). We're glad to report that
Sidnei has been very active, and we expect he'll be ready to go live
with the new site next month, despite having spent three weeks in the
hospital with pneumonia.
Here's a more detailed status report from Sidnei:
- Update ZWiki to latest version -- This was already
done before I went to the hospital. Of course ZWiki
development continued, and I updated it again this
monday to get all fixes. There is still some work
regarding UI to be done (converting backlinks, history
and subscribe pages to ZPT).
- Create custom replacements, based on CMFDefault for
UseCases, ZSP, etc. -- Not done yet.
- CMFPackage -- Its working and funcional. Still needs
UI work (integrating a mockup that was done by Olivier
(?) with the Software Package view).
- Replace Software Product -> CMFPackage -- Migration
script is working very nicely with this. Some manual work
will be required for organizing /Products/Zope, which has
a folder for each version released plus a folder for each hotfix.
- Replace Tracker -> CMFCollector -- I feel like we need
to discuss this one a bit. Reason: there is now a new and
improved collector, CMFCollectorNG, which was developed
by Andreas Jung based on CMFCollector. It looks worth
using and contains great improvements
- Replace UseCases/ZSP -> Custom CMF-Aware types -- Not
- Consolidate ZCatalogs -- Based on some preliminar
tests, I feel that we may need a better approach to
this. Seems like theres no *big* speed improvement in using
ZCTextIndex when used together with slower indexes, at
least with the out of the box CMF search script and
having *all* the content indexed at
'portal_catalog'. However, the search results seem to be
a lot more meaningful. So, this item 'just works', but
may need optimization.
- UI work. Make a "Useable" skin that will be replaced
later -- Im working on this right now, specially on
CMFPackage and CMFBackTalk. I already adapted the
template to be automagically shared between ZPT and DTML
skins, and thats a great improvement cause it will allow
us to reuse a lot of things from the old site without big
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)