Wasted a few hours yesterday trying to install Zope and CMF, as lots of people have raved about CMF as a content management system for web site construction. Unfortunately, Zope relies on Python… and it seems that the current version of Python is incompatible with Zope, and the previous version doesn’t build on Mac OS X. (Or rather, it eventually built after some hacking, but bad things happened when it tried to find any of its standard libraries.) Oh well, it was worth a try, and I didn’t especially want to learn Python anyway.
Today I tried Jakarta Tomcat. Since OS X already has Apache and Java fully installed, this took about five minutes; Apple even have some step-by-step instructions. So it looks like any dynamic web site construction I do with open source tools is going to be in Java. Suits me fine.