Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to Article on ACS x Zope
skillset against it and still do super-customized sites. You need to learn about the ZODB and acquisition, DTML
syntax, object orientation, the difference between a "document" and a "method", ZClasses, etc."
You know ... web sites just aren't that hard. I think that might be Zope's major problem.
Now, writing the systems and applications that underly websites IS hard. AOLserver's fairly complex. Postgres is a lot more complex. GIS engines are complex. Etc.
The ACS has lots of parts but is simple. If Zope is as complex and hard to understand as you indicate, perhaps the creators, not potential users, should be seeking enlightenment...