python web programming for PHP programmers

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Wed Dec 24 16:08:00 CET 2008

Nikola Skoric schrieb:
> I0m a python newbie with PHP background. I've tried to make a web app
> from one of my python scripts (which I haven't done before) and I
> ended up with:
> <?php
> echo shell_exec("python");
> ?>
> which works really nice :-D
> For some reason I can't find no "quick and dirty python web
> programming tutorial for PHP programmers" on google. :-D I don't need
> a general python tutorial, I just need a tutorial on how to make a
> hello world server side script with python. Any suggestions?

Try googling mod_wsgi. While "real" python web-programming is usually 
done a bit different (django, turbogears, pylons and lots of others I 
forgot), I think it comes close to what a PHP-programmer would expect 
how a webapp begins.

It boils down to a python-file saying

def application(environ, start_response):
     status = '200 OK'
     output = 'Hello World!'

     response_headers = [('Content-type', 'text/plain'),
                         ('Content-Length', str(len(output)))]
     start_response(status, response_headers)

     return [output]

Well, I did the googling - here you have a starter:

See the configuration-section.



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