HomePage | Recent Changes | Preferences

Zope is an object oriented web application server written in the programming language Python. It can be almost fully managed with a web-based user interface.

A Zope website is composed of objects as opposed to files, as is usual with many other web server systems. The advantage of using objects instead to files is that objects:

Zope maps URLs to objects using the containment hierarchy of such objects; methods are considered to be contained in their objects as well.

Zope comes with the Zope Object Database (ZODB), which transparently persists (Python) objects in a transactional database.

One particular innovative feature of Zope is its real world use of acquisition, a programming technique orthogonal to inheritance in object oriented programming. In acquisition, objects 'inherit' behavior from their context in a composition hierachy, as opposed their class in a class hierarchy. This allows certain ways to structure source code that are otherwise harder to accomplish, and can encourage application decomponsition. A common use is in structuring the way layout elements are used in a web page.

The Zope website:


HomePage | Recent Changes | Preferences
This page is read-only | View other revisions
Last edited October 12, 2001 10:13 am by 24.12.199.xxx (diff)