asynchronous downloading

Mark Hammond mhammond at
Thu Feb 23 12:20:40 CET 2012

On 23/02/2012 5:58 PM, Plumo wrote:
> I want to download content asynchronously. This would be
> straightforward to do threaded or across processes, but difficult
> asynchronously so people seem to rely on external libraries (twisted
> / gevent / eventlet).

Exactly - the fact it's difficult is why those tools compete.

> (I would use gevent under different circumstances, but currently need
> to stick to standard libraries.)

As above - use threads or processes - they are fine for relatively 
modest tasks.  If your needs go beyond modest, I'd reevaluate your need 
to stick with just the stdlib - even demanding *sync* http apps often 
wind up using modules outside the stdlib.  Look into virtualenv etc if 
permission to install packages is the issue.

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