Dynamic web pages! not Dynamic HTML
brent.fulgham at xpsystems.com
Thu Apr 20 00:35:54 CEST 2000
> [Sunil Hadap]
> > I am really dumb in databases and perl. I am good at python and it's
> > my scripting language for whatever I do in graphics. I want to start
> > doing my homepage which is inspired from
> > http://www.photo.net/photo/
> > I want to do this in Python. Is zope useful for this, I
> > don't want to learn a big system as I only want few specific
> > functions only. Which free database?
The photo.net site is based on a product called the ACS. It's based on
the open-source AOLserver running in conjunction with an Oracle RDBMS.
It runs on "big iron" and is in nearly all respects beyond the resources
of the average joe for a "live" site because Oracle licenses are so
costly. The ACS software, however, is GPL'd and can be downloaded from
For us mortals, a port of the ACS to run on the PostgreSQL database has
been accomplished. See http://acspg.benadida.com. I have some preliminary
debian packages to set up a skeleton system, which I can make available
if anyone cares.
The only problem with the ACS-pg is that you still need to do your
scripting in Tcl.
So, Titus Brown and I have successfully embedded Python in the AOLserver.
See our project at http://pywx.sourceforge.net. It is now actually
semi-stable for simple CGI-style operations, and provides a 4-5x speedup
over the straight CGI.
Titus has gotten most of the database-related Tcl functions from the
Tcl API ported to Python. I'm working on a few others. Eventually we'll
get them all, but for now it's still a bit limited.
Our near-term goal is to provide access to the ACS and AOLserver through
Python so extensions can be made to a "skeleton" ACS without having to
expend a lot of effort learning Tcl.
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