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SOURCE: Digital Creations

UserLand and Digital Creations Form Strategic Alliance; Frontier and Zope to Interoperate Using XML-RPC Standard

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- UserLand Software, Burlingame, CA, and Digital Creations, a Virginia-based company providing consulting services for Web business applications, today announced a partnership between their flagship content management systems to support the XML-RPC standard.

Frontier, developed by UserLand, and Zope, developed by Digital Creations, will interoperate using the XML-RPC protocol for distributed processing using the Web. Additionally, UserLand has selected Zope as its deployment server for Unix environments.

Frontier, first released in 1992, is the market-leading content management solution for Windows and Macintosh systems. Zope is an Open Source application server for Windows and Unix.

``XML-RPC will simplify the development of distributed systems that leverage the advantages of three operating systems-Mac OS, Windows NT and Linux,'' said Dave Winer, president of UserLand Software and long-time industry leader. ``Upon completion, this will be a historical marker in the growth of content management technology.''

``The XML-RPC standard championed by UserLand is quickly gaining momentum,'' said Paul Everitt, CEO of Digital Creations. ``With the connection between Frontier, Zope and the many supporting systems, the potential power of the Internet platform is truly unleashed.''

XML-RPC allows one program to operate with another program, similar to high-end solutions such as CORBA or COM. Unlike these solutions, though, the simpler XML-RPC runs atop the standard Web protocols and allows for easy implementation.

Additionally, UserLand announced a partnership with Digital Creations to leverage Zope for deploying Frontier content to Unix servers.

``Frontier is an incredibly rich environment compared to low-level server solutions such as Vignette, ColdFusion and ASP,'' said Winer. ``Zope is the leading content management system on Unix-and the closest to the rich runtime environment of Frontier in today's market.''

``Frontier has effectively defined the market for productive client environments,'' said Everitt. ``The partnership between the Zope community and the Frontier community will combine the strengths of these two powerful solutions and grow the market significantly.''

About UserLand

UserLand Software, founded in 1988, operates Scripting.Com, the leading news site for the cross-platform scripting community, and publishes DaveNet, essays written by UserLand president Dave Winer. UserLand publishes Frontier, the market-leading web content management system and workgroup web server; and is a leading developer and promoter of XML-based technology for distributed computing and content syndication. UserLand Frontier is a registered trademark of UserLand Software.

About Digital Creations

Founded in Fredericksburg, Va. in 1995, Digital Creations is an established leader in Web technology, connecting business applications to the online world. As the publisher of Zope-a free, Open Source(TM) Web application platform used for building high-performance, dynamic Web sites-the company's product architecture and services have been used in high-end solutions for newspaper, government and Web businesses. Since Zope's launch in November 1998, the Zope Community has grown to more than 500 members. For more information, call Paul Everitt at 540-371-6909, email paul@digicool.com, or visit the Web site at www.zope.org.

SOURCE: Digital Creations

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