What is Zope?


Zope is a next-generation Open Source application server and portal toolkit developed by Zope Corporation and a large active community of users. It runs on nearly all UNIX platforms as well as Windows NT and can be used with most popular web servers or its own built in web server. Zope is written (and extensible with) Python, a powerful object-oriented programming language, with performance sensitive components written in C.

Powerful platform

Unlike common file-based Web templating systems such as ASP or PHP, Zope is a highly object-oriented Web development platform that covers much more of the problem domain for Web application developers. It provides clean separation of data, logic and presentation, an extensible set of built-in objects and a powerful integrated security model. The Zope infrastructure relieves the developer of most of the onerous details of Web application development such as data persistence, data integrity and access control, allowing you to focus on the problem at hand.

Data integrator

Zope provides all of the necessary tools to integrate data and content from nearly any source into powerful, coherent and maintainable Web applications:

  • Through-the-Web management
  • Integrated access control
  • Content management
  • Enterprise data access
  • Built-in search tools
  • Powerful data sharing

Designed for web

One of the things that sets Zope apart from other application servers is that it was designed from the start to be tightly coupled not only with the Web object model, but also the Web development model. Today’s successful Web applications require the participation of many people across an organization who have different areas of expertise. Zope is specifically designed to accommodate this model, allowing site managers to safely delegate control to design experts, database experts and content managers.

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