[Baypiggies] Django frontend alternatives

Alex Martelli aleax at google.com
Thu Jan 14 19:46:21 CET 2010

Take a look at dojango, http://code.google.com/p/dojango/ -- it helps
integrate Django with the Dojo javascript framework (not quite as
popular as JQuery, but not too far -- for a Pythonista, Dojo has the
advantage of being designed by Python enthusiasts, e.g. async
operations use Deferred objects that are closely modeled after Twisted
Python's own Deferreds, etc, etc).


On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 8:06 AM, K. Richard Pixley <rich at noir.com> wrote:
> I researched toolkits and server side engines a few months back.
>  Personally, I decided to go with something pylons based, but I don't think
> it really matters much at this point.  Server side problems are all pretty
> well solved for now and all of the modern ones seem comparably functional,
> (or comparably extensible).
> The browser side toolkit is a different question.  Which one you chose will
> depend on what you need and how you want to use it.  I'm probably going with
> ext-js because I'm specifically looking for a strong grid widget, (user
> selectable columns, user sortable columns, user selectable column order),
> nothing else has a suitable grid widget, and the entire widget set looks
> good and seems pretty well integrated.  (I wrote here about comparisons a
> few months back.)
> As far as I can tell, the only attempt to mix server side anything with
> browser code is TurboWidgets, but the documentation is so sparse that I
> couldn't see how to use it easily.  I suspect that this may be a superior
> approach and one that will be very hot very soon, but just now the barrier
> to entry seems exceedingly high, (and the mailing list isn't particularly
> supportive of newbies).
> Without an actual server side/browser side integration, (like TurboWidgets),
> I don't think the template really matters.  You'll still be writing
> javascript separately and shipping it down to the browser more or less as
> opaque code from the point of view of the templating system.
> Pyjamas merits special mention.  It's a different paradigm entirely.  In
> Pyjamas, you write browser code in python with ajax calls and it's compiled
> into javascript.  The down side is that the widget library for pyjamas is
> rudimentary, (no grid widget, no complex widgets).
> --rich
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