ISHOPHERE.COM used Zope to build all of the media conduits and interfaces
for ISHOPHERE.COM's ad production server within one month, using two
During the first three weeks of the project, Zope was used to build the
middleware between Oracle 8.0.4 and a dynamic graphics server (i.e.,
Macromedia Generator). Data entry would be done on a continuing basis by a
team of five people entering data entry into Oracle through the middleware
interfaces and forms in Zope.
The challenge for ISHOPHERE.COM was to find the most efficient method to
quickly develop the middleware and plan for the seamless addition of further
functionality as needed.
The overall design had to include the following:
Ad production would increase dramatically.
Non-technical account representatives needed to be able to manage the
Simple and easy to use.
Ads needed to be built, tested, approved and deployed in a
ISHOPHERE.COM utilizes Flash animation, and required 95%
of the media to be dynamically generated.
A Zope-based solution was rolled out in one month.
Ad production capacity jumped forty times!
Non-technical account reps directly manage the site using web forms in Zope.
Current production includes 632 Shockwave Flash animations and over 5,500
products(and growing) managed by Zope and Oracle. Official Site Launch date of
Aug. 16, 1999.
All the data for the ads (i.e., Photo, URLS, Descriptions, Positioning,
Price and Tracking) are stored in Oracle and managed through Zope.
"Zope allowed us to develop complex database applications faster and in
a more stable manner than other middleware(asp or jsp), as it is very object oriented and
extremely powerful. Zope with our ad production server is a mission critical
application for us, we rely on it to make our business happen," says
Information Officer Theodore E. Patrick.
Zope provided the speed, efficiency, flexibility that were crucial in
getting this complex project up and running in record time!