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Form Processing With Zope
Ever wondered how to create and process HTML forms in the Zope environment? Relax. It's simpler than you think.

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The thing about Zope is, everyone wants to use it, but most people don't know where to start.

Take, for example, something as simple as building a feedback form. For a PHP or Perl developer, this is a doddle, requiring no more than a couple hours of development time (OK, OK, a little more if it requires complex validation or processing). Building a feedback form in PHP or Perl is neither scary or intimidating; in fact, it's one of the most fundamental things a Web developer needs to know to consider himself even reasonably proficient in the language.

Put that same PHP or Perl developer on a Zope-based platform, however, and the sweat will really start trickling. Zope's object-oriented approach to everything tends to confuse even the most versatile PHP or Perl programmer, and you can expect that one hour to telescope into a couple of days, as our fearless programmer struggles to master the intricacies of Zope objects, variables and methods.

In case you ever find yourself in this situation, you're going to be glad you found this article. Over the next few pages, I'm going to give you a broad overview of the process of building and processing Zope forms, demonstrating how simple and painless the process really is.

I'll be assuming that you know the basics of Zope - variables, and the like - and that you have a Zope 2.50 system up and running. In case you don't, drop by http://www.zope.org/Documentation/nuser, get the skinny and then come back for the fireworks.

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