[meta-sig] Another try at a Python Web SIG?
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Thu Sep 11 17:14:02 EDT 2003
> I know this was just discussed a few months ago, but I'm very
> interested in getting a Web SIG together or reinvigorated or whatever
> it takes. The current Web support in Python is somewhat embarassingly
> patchy, given the neatness of the rest of the system.
Right. I just had to pick an app server technology for a small
project here, and found it surprisingly hard to figure out what's out
> My specific thinking is about three things:
> 1) Add SSL server-side support to the "socket" module. This will
> include some way of managing certificates. Probably modelled
> strongly after the way we did it in ILU, if I do it :-).
Cool -- this is another thing that I could use in my new job. I think
there's a 3rd party package that does this, though. (Can't remember
the name right now.) But we ought to have more complete OpenSSL
wrapeprs in the standard library.
> 2) Update the "httplib" module to include all of the client-side
> functionality available in the Linux "curl" program (a reasonable
> checklist, I think, but am open to better suggestions).
I don't know curl and have no big needs in this area, but httplib
certainly shows its age, despite having been rewritten once already.
> 3) Replace/extend the BaseHTTPServer and SimpleHTTPServer modules with
> an extended webserver module which provides at least the
> functionality in Medusa.
Good idea. I think there may be some useful stuff in Zope that we
might be able to incorporate.
> I'd be happy to work in #1 (starting with a PEP, I think) and provide
> help with #2 and #3, if others would like to pitch in. I don't want
> to collide with others who are working on this already, and think a
> SIG would be a good way to coordinate efforts.
If you want to coordinate the SIG, I'll join as an observer.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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