This originally appeared as a "Frankly Speaking" column on O'Reilly's website.
From: Doug Thompson
To: Frankly Speaking
Subject: Zope book from O'Reilly?
I heard at LinuxShowcase last week that y'all
were publishing a Zope book. This was brought up at a BOF (Birds of a Feather)
meeting on Friday at 5 pm. I saw Paul Everit from Digital Creations, but he
would "neither confirm nor deny any deal." I also met a New Rider's
Executive Editor saying New Rider is publishing a Zope book. New Rider
says they have two authors--one from Digital Creations that
they haven't signed. They are also talking to another local writer. I
heard Wrox had a deal cookin', but no more details.
I use Zope at my company (Mapics) [shh!] for our ERP product. I look
forward to anything from ORA, since it legitimizes a piece of software.
For the animal, I recommend either an octopus or a whole bunch of ants.
O'Reilly publishing a book on
Zope? I've heard that rumor, too.
We try not to announce books until we know we are publishing them, which
means that the editor and the editor-in-chief and the publisher have seen a
good bit of a book and like what they see. So I don't want to talk about a
Zope book from O'Reilly right now. I will join Paul Everitt under the cone
Now, let me discuss Zope in a broad and conceptual way. We love Zope. I've
known about Zope, and its predecessor Principia, and its open-source
predecessor Bobo, since 1996, when I first saw Paul talk about it at the
Python Conference in Washington. It has always seemed an interesting topic
for a book, especially for the publisher that published Python books when
most publishers thought it was a reptile. At that time, however, we were
most concerned about providing the foundation books of a Python program.
We've got those now (
The Python Pocket Reference; and
Python Programming on Win32 [January]), and we're
filling out our Python program with the interesting technologies that
fulfill Python's promise.
When Digital Creations made Zope an open-source product, it increased our
interest in it. It also provides the functionality that many companies
(yours soon, I hope) now realize they need. And it's easier to use than
its alternatives. It seems like a natural topic for our publishing program.
But I won't announce anything, and you can't make me.
As for an O'Reilly book "legitimizing" Zope: I don't buy it. Zope is
already legitimate: its technology and its users make it so. At O'Reilly,
we believe that our ability to find and publish books about emerging,
interesting, and useful technologies is what makes us a legitimate
technical publisher. Zope looks like a candidate. But I'm not talking, no
matter what you say.