Python equivalent of Perl-ISAPI?

rurpy at rurpy at
Tue Mar 21 06:35:57 CET 2006

Atanas Banov wrote:
> rurpy at wrote:
> > Steve Holden wrote:
> > > rurpy at wrote:
> >
> > > > Pure cgi is too slow.  "Active Scripting" means ASP, yes?
> > > > I need something that will do cgi scripts (a lot of which I already
> > > > have
> > > > and can modify but don't want to rewrite extensively, partly because
> > > > of time issues, partly because I want to preserve some degree of
> > > > portability back to a unix environment.).   I want something that does
> > > > for IIS what mod_python does for apache.  Fastcgi looked scary even
> > > > on unix plaforms, seems like an act of desperation on Windows,
> > > >
> > > Yes, ASP is Active Scripting.
> > >
> > Except I need cgi, not asp, for the reasons i gave.
> it seems to me you have no clear idea what you need.
> you say you have a lot of CGIs written but you don't clarify if that is
> Python or Perl. since you look for python intergration, it seems they
> are in python, however in previous posting you say you'll have to
> revert to Perl for solution. it just doesnt make sense! if you use
> Perl, you will have to REWRITE the scripts and if you do so, it's
> unclear why wouldnt you use a superior technology like PHP/ASP/JSP -
> any of those is way easier to manage.
> it's also unclear why don't you use apache on windows, if mod_python is
> your poison.
> here is how i imagine you have the layers:
>    [scripts (CGI?)]
>    [glue]
>    [web server (IIS?)]
> where the discussion is about the "glue" between them. you say CGI is
> too slow for you, so you will want something maintaining the CGI
> programming model, but faster. this thing is called FastCGI - but you
> are unhappy about it either. there is no way any perl "glue" can solve
> your problem between your web server and your python scripts
> whatsoever. you'll have to re-code the scripts for perl.

The final solution must run in a Windows/IIS environment.
Those are part of the requirements which I do not control.
There is code in both Perl and Python.  I wrote the Python
stuff and inherited the Perl stuff.  It is not web-based now
but conversion to generate html output instead of text is
probably straightforward.  Additional requirement is that
is should be movable to unix without too much work.
The layers are:

[database] [equipment interface]
[webserver - IIS]

As fo PHP/ASP/JSP?  I am doing all the work.  I know Perl
and Python.  I don't know PHP/JSP.   (Also, JSP will require
a lot of new Java infrastructure support, yes?)  As for ASP,
I wonder about the "easily moved to unix" requirement.
(I know apache has an asp module but I don't know if other
web servers do, or how compatible apache's is, and I don't
know if I have time to reliably answer those questions.)
Why do you say PHP/JSP/ASP are superior technologies?

All I want to do is avoid the cost of starting a new Python
(or Perl) interpreter on each page request.  This is what
I understand Perl-isapi and Perl-Ex does.  My question
is simply if there is something similar for Python.
I have concluded the answer is no but hope I'm wrong.

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