[Zope3-dev] Zope 3 web root
chrism at plope.com
Fri Feb 10 01:14:49 EST 2006
FWIW, I'd be keen on seeing a bobolike Zope 3 derivation that
included none or very little of zope.app, but that allowed you to
configure an instance to publish a single arbitrary root object but
assumed nothing else. I think the "filesystem traverser" root object
could be one kind of root object. CherryPy is a bit like this now.
On Feb 9, 2006, at 1:40 PM, Shane Hathaway wrote:
> An idea just occurred to me. I think others have probably had
> similar ideas, but didn't express it in the right place or time.
> Part 1: Let's put an Apache-like web root (similar to /var/www/
> localhost/htdocs/) in Zope instance homes. It might be called
> "browser" or "www". Zope will serve pages out of that web root
> rather than an object database.
> Part 1 rationale: When people create a Zope instance home, they
> create some config files and an object database. The root of the
> site is served out of the object database. To change the default
> page, newbies are directed to create a default page in the object
> database. The user didn't ask for an object database. The use of
> an object database should be a choice, not a requirement. Now the
> user has to learn some extra tools (fssync, etc.) in order to put
> the files under version control. I think the user experience for
> both newbies and experts would be much better if the root of the
> site were served from a filesystem directory.
> Part 2: Let's add some ZCML directives that define how to interpret
> filenames in the web root by their extension. Let's also interpret
> special per-directory files that map URI names to filenames,
> similar to Apache .htaccess files.
> Part 3: One kind of file we can put in the web root serves as a
> gateway into an object database. We might use the extension
> ".zodb" for this purpose. The .zodb file would specify what kind
> of storage to open, where to find it, and what object to load from
> it. In a sense, the web root would mount the object database.
> Some configuration of the web root would mount an object database
> right at the root, enabling Zope 3 to act just like it does today.
> Any thoughts or gut reactions?
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