[imiaoswg] Re: Portal software

  • From: Robin Carriere <rscarriere@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: imiaoswg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 13:58:53 -0400

I agree with Tim.  For something like a content management / portal 
software a database is a better choice.   A few that have caught my eye 
lately are Drupal and Tikiwiki.  I like using PHP/MySQL so I'm a bit 
biased, but the only concern I have with using plone is the fact that 
zope, the underlying architecture of plone, isn't supported by most 
mainstream hosting companies. (if where and how it is hosted is a 
concern).  I've tinkered a bit with plone and it was nice.  I ended up 
going back to php based apps because I had more experience playing with 

Tim, can you comment - I'm not familiar with the db backend used in 
zope.    It is an object oriented DB?   How easy/hard is it to retrieve 
data from the DB?  Are there interfaces available to get a the data 
easily (I'm thinking along the lines of interfaces to accomplish this - 
ie. phpMyAdmin, Mysql GUI).  I couldn't find anything when I was playing 
with Plone.   While I probably would rarely use direct access for 
anything - I like looking at how tables, etc are designed to get a 
better idea of how the system works.


Tim Cook wrote:

>On Fri, 2003-12-12 at 01:03, Peter Murray wrote:
>>>Bill Perry, one of our members, alerted me to the following application:
>>>>I've found a GPL app you may find interesting. It's a
>>>>portal system called "Guppy" from France. (http://www.freeguppy.org).
>>>>Very easy to set up, does not require MySQL and has mulitple language
>>>Has anyone any experience of using this, or any thoughts on it?
>Hi Peter,
>I haven't used it but I note that it stores all of it's content in text
>files.  This can be a huge limitation in the ability to ever search for
>information or associate documents at a later date.  
>The other thing I notice is that it can only accommodate TWO languages. 
>You are likely to need many more than that.
>I suggest you look at Plone (http://www.plone.org).  It is a complete
>content management system including it's own object database and a front
>end webserver.  It is completely cross platform (all major OS's
>supported). It has a huge list of additional features.  It is used by a
>large number of major websites.
>My 2 cents,

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