Python on the web - newby question
bdesth.quelquechose at free.quelquepart.fr
Wed Sep 3 21:41:28 CEST 2008
SimonPalmer a écrit :
> Apologies in advance if this is either a) the wrong board or b) been
> answered a million times elsewhere, but...
> I have been given an assignment to get a python module up and running
> behind an existing web site. At the moment the rest of the site is
> developed in PHP but the hosts have said they will provide python
> support for free, although they haven't given any more details than
> that, so I'm not sure exactly what that means.
Depending on the hosts, this can range from having an antiquated python
version with only cgi enabled and no way to install anything to the very
last stable release and (almost) whatever third-part lib / frameworks
and correct configuration.
> All reasonably
> encouraging though.
> I'm a newbie to python but quite experienced with Java/J2EE/JBoss.
Quite another world...
> What I need to know is how I get python running on the server
For which definition of 'server' ? The computer, or the web server process ?
> and what
> tools/middleware I would need to have installed on the host's machines
> to be able to support my python modules.
Depends on your modules dependencies !-)
More seriously : Python is known has being the language with more web
frameworks than keywords. IOW, there's no simple straightforward answer
to your question. Fisrt choose which Python web development solution you
intend to use, then read the FineManual's "deployment" section of the
You'll find pointers to most web-related libs / frameworks here:
Given your situation (Python newcomer with a real job to do), and if
your job is anything more than a very Q&D deadsimple task, I'd
personnaly recommand Django (http://djangiproject.com). Don't let the
version number fools you (latest version is 1.0 release candidate),
Django is a mature, solid and proven solution that have years of
existance, and what they call 1.0rc would be labeled at least 3.5 for
some other software... It's also mostly documented, and there's a strong
community around the framework, so you should not have much problem
For any other Python question (I mean, non django-related), you're at
the right place.
Oh, and yes, if I may suggest a reading:
HTH, and welcome on board...
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