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High-level micro CMS inspired by BlueBream (Zope) and Django, with simplicity of use & extend in mind. Based on ZODB & bottle.

Project description

Alpha Web framework & sample mini CMS application with little dependencies: ZODB , bottle & markdown.

Aims to be quite generic all-in-one-but-minimalistic web+database framework.

Getting started


Use “easy_install” or “pip” to get ‘jinja2’, ‘markdown’, ‘ZODB3’ and ‘whoosh’ installed on your system. Additionally you can install paste or gevent for better performances.

Example (at the DOS/Console/Shell prompt):

easy_install -U markdown
easy_install -U jinja2
easy_install -U ZODB3
easy_install -U whoosh

or, alternatively:

pip install -U markdown
pip install -U jinja2
pip install -U ZODB3
pip install -U whoosh

Then, fetch the source archive and unpack it:

tar jxvf drink-0.0.9.tar.bz2


Just go into the unpacked drink directory and execute the “manage” script:

cd drink-0.0.9

If you run into troubles, try:

DEBUG=1 ./manage

Getting sources/Contributing

See GitHub page.

The main ideas behind

It should handle most of javascript, html & forms creation for you, for very fast prototype implementation.

Then you’r free to put your hands into html/css/js and customize to your precise requirements.

Some debugging middleware are supported, edit drink/settings.ini for details.


  • Add features at ONE place in ONE language (html/css/js may be required for some advanced/custom usages)

  • Be fast, with built-in search engine

  • Ajax (ajaj in fact) - with nice fallbacks for old browsers

  • No SQL

  • Website: as simple as a nested dict-like objects tree, endpoints (last element of URL) are object’s properties & methods

  • Make it as productive as possible for most generic tasks

Out of the box, it is something between a wiki and a cms, probably a good base for a lightweight web CMS / Intranet / Forum / etc!

Main Features

  • Built-in search engine

  • Multi-user with access control (group based) at each level

  • Automatic views and javascript-friendly requests, with regard to each object permissions

  • Automatic object edition’s form generation

  • Webpage edition live preview, client-side form validation

  • Comes with some pre-developped objects:

    • folder index (sortable with D&D)

    • file (upload your own file, also allows D&D)

    • Web page ( markdown only )

    • Simple TODO list/TODOs (WIP)

    And of course special elements like Groups & Users !.

  • Very user friendly (once doc will be there!)


  • no documentation yet (default manager account, login/password: admin/admin )

  • no auto tests yet

  • not very powerful yet

Release changes

  • Add a nice Help by default

  • Basic date type (used in TODO example object), will pop a calendar up in edit form

  • Renamed File to “WebFile”

  • Better web 2.0 experience

  • Support for web-editable default actions on objects (avoids redirects)

  • Add a custom wsgi loader that gracefully loads the fastest compatible wsgi backend available

  • Finder now also deletes traces of old objects

  • Add support for “full” search in finder

  • Add Indent/Deindent support to Markdown editor

  • As always: Fixes & Bugs


0.1 (wip)

  • abstract all low-level models (blobs…)

  • review 401 handling, ask for login/passwd in case of new session

  • fix markdown preview css (make it seamless)

  • add calltips everywhere

  • change cookie on password change

  • pack should call on whoosh

  • only accept object move if it succeded on server

  • allow custom extensions

  • default content for every user

  • allow rss via

  • HomePage object: Login-splash+UserDashboard write user homepages (with login & passwd & name & surname change) / splash-like if not logged-in

  • allow objects to add custom actions in admin bar

  • think about comments ( as property of some Model ?) - commentlist ?

  • edit form: only send “dirty” values when possible

  • add some recursive permissions setter

  • improve task list

  • “background processes” for each user / sessions

  • theme support (config entry + template & static path)

  • add more types to default form edition

    • object_path

  • find the cleanest way to make all incoming URLs ends with /

  • add proper checks at server side too (in add & edit methods mostly)

  • Form object?


  • /users as user => 401 (should list instead)

  • search => 401 by default (should be allowed)

  • mask file upload widget if File not available here

  • investigate fileupload D&D bugs

  • files >4GB are making crazy js loops

  • files ~>500MB may hang the request & cause timeout


  • zip importer

  • pdf with pypdf

  • doc

  • project support (using drink as a base)

  • integrate imgviewer (image folder type)


  • multi-object page


  • chat program


  • forum


  • gadgets (google search, rss reader, clock, xkcd, ?)


  • permissions setting admin object


  • user interface cleanup


  • doc & fix but minor improvements


  • stable release


  • homepage /user pages focus

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