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What would you want to see in a Frontier replacement? What platforms need to be supported (I am thinking Mac, Windows, Linux)?
There are a lot of different languages we could choose to do such an implementation in, and a lot of different ways to approach the problem.
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I have observed Frontiers progress since 1995, and have used it a little for personal purposes for both Mac system scripting and web work. Professionally, I have Frontier and Zope at the top of my watch list for web content management systems. I believe that my firm will be using some form of real CMS within the next six months.
While I have used Zope only a very little, I have been impressed. Additionally, I have been doing most of my reccent web programming in Python which I find to be an excellent language.
Within this context, I believe that any project to create a similar system to Frontier, should focus on adding some features of Frontier to Zope. Zope has much in common with Frontier already:
* An object DB * Python is similar to Usertalk * Separate interfaces for content managers and programmers. * Etc.
I believe that is only lacking a few major features:
* No real GUI, and the web interface is not as polished as Manila. Of course, there seems to be a lot of work right now on ZopeFish to make Pike work with Zope.
* Some cool features like Frontiers ablity to create links to items in quotes on the fly are missing.
* Zope is a nebulus open source system, without a strong dictator like Linus (or Winer for that matter) leading the way.
On the pluses:
* Zope has strong SQL links.
* Python is much better documented than Usertalk.
* Zope runs on unix flavors today.
Enough random thoughts.
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