[Zope] Zope Evaluation

Lennart Regebro lennart at regebro.nu
Fri Oct 17 09:29:48 EDT 2003

Gabriela López Ruiz wrote:
> The principal characteristics that a platform like what we are looking 
> for has to have are:
> •    licenses (it has to be open source),


> •    if it has a rich set of products,


> •    it it has a great users community,


> •    if there is many available documentation (in Internet, in 
> bookstores, etc),

Check. The Zope Book does the most things. After that it gets worse, the 
documentation on the complex things are dispered or non-existent. But 
the community is then quick and responsive!

> •    the possibility of integration with external databases,


> •    if it has a security model (and how strong is that model),

Check. Very flexible, very strong.

> •    if it gives the possibility of avoiding the interaction of a web 
> master in all deployments,


> •    how many languages does it support and which ones,

All and None. :) There are tools for making the websites translatable, 
and then it can support any language you want.

> •    recommendations concerning the base product to be taken, which of 
> these options is better and why: CMF + ZOPE, ZOPE only, CMF + PLONE+ ZOPE,

Since you have limited yourself to Open Source, I think you should use 
Zope + CMF + one of the CMF based systems, like Plone or CPS. Is Silva 
based on CMF? Plain CMF sucks too much.

> •    if it’s easy installing new products and developing applications,

Developing new applications is Zopes forte. That's one of the major 
reasons it's so great, development is quick.

> •    about Clear Case integration,

I have no idea.

> •    and what about stability/performance

Excellent stability, OK perfomance, good scalability.

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