Python Server Pages

Mark Pawelek mark at
Fri Aug 31 12:48:35 CEST 2001

On Thu, 19 Jul 2001 09:00:13 -0500, Brian Kelley <bkelley at> wrote:

>Does anyone know the current state of python server pages?  The last
>entry on their web site is June 1999.  I remember reading a Dr. Dobb's
>Journal article at roughly the same time.  So PSP appears to be
>incredibly stable or abandoned :)
>Brian Kelley
>Whitehead Institute

Was it really such a good idea?

ASP.NET will allow compiled pages - a philosophy which clearly implies that the
performance reduction from interpretation should be eliminated.

But PSP used a java servlet to interpret the PSP pages - basing this on the notion that
PSP was transportable.

Transportable to what I ask?  IIS has it's own server pages. Apache has PHP. Cold Fusion
Server likewise. So is someone using these platforms really going to change to PSP in
preference to one of the 3 above? 

The idea of PSP is a good one but implementing as a Java servlet doesn't make sense to me.
Providing that option is good but making it the only option will ensure that it's
performance will always be second rate and that ASP, PHP and Cold Fusion programmers will
remain with their current development platforms.

I know what you're going to say now - why don't I roll my own? - Because I'm a scripting
person and I'll use ASP when I can and PHP otherwise - even if I prefer Python as a

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