Which Python web framework is most like Ruby on Rails?

Kent Johnson kent at kentsjohnson.com
Wed Dec 21 07:55:09 EST 2005

Paul Rubin wrote:
> Kent Johnson <kent at kentsjohnson.com> writes:
>>You've lost me here. The server certainly would contain Karrigell
>>code, it wouldn't function without it. I don't understand the analogy
>>to GCC, the web site is not something that is compiled with
>>Karrigell. Karrigell is a library or framework that is an essential
>>part of the server. I don't know how I would write the app without
> Let me ask it this way: suppose you used ASP instead.  As I understand
> ASP, it's like PHP except it's proprietary.  Would ASP's license be a
> problem?
> Maybe you're using "the server" to encompass too much.  If I have an
> Apache-based web site, then the web server is Apache.  If I have a
> Python CGI script that the Apache server runs, the CGI script is not
> "the server"--it's an application running under the server.  It would
> not be affected by the GPL if Apache used the GPL.  Karrigell scripts
> seem to me to work out about the same way.

You may be right, I don't know. In the case of CherryPy, my code is a bit more intimate 
with CP than a CGI is with Apache - I import CP modules, subclass CP classes and make 
calls to CP functions from my code. My guess is a Karrigell-based server would be similar.

Where would you draw the line? Suppose I want to use a GPLed library in my Python code, 
does that mean I have to distribute my code under the GPL if I distribute them together?


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