[Tutor] Python fast enough for ad server?

OkaMthembo zebra05 at gmail.com
Thu May 10 11:40:33 CEST 2007

Thanks for all your contributions. i think i will do it all in Python, it
seems to me that the advantages far outweigh any negatives.

Maybe once its a working project, we can then benchmark the code and see
what gives.

Thanks again,


On 5/9/07, Eric Walstad <eric at ericwalstad.com> wrote:
> Hey OkaMthenbo,
> OkaMthembo wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> >
> > I need to write an ad-serving application and i'm using Win XP as my dev
> > platform. Naturally, i want it to be as painless as possible and i was
> > thinking of writing it 100% in Python. However, i have not written any
> > big apps in the language and i wonder if Python would have the
> > performance or scale fast enough to a large user base.
> Most certainly for some definitions of 'large'  :)
> Most web apps these days are not written in a single language/technology
> and are often not running on a single piece of hardware.  If you search
> the archives of your favorite Python web application framework I'm
> pretty sure you'll find a discussion on how to scale your app to handle
> a 'large' user base.  At the risk of oversimplification, but in hopes of
> avoiding premature optimization, I'd focus first on achieving working
> code, then benchmark it, then optimize if optimization is still needed.
> Many others have achieved high volume Python web apps using a mix of all
> the wonderful open source tools available.  If your content doesn't
> change quickly and the ratio of GETs/POSTs is high, a caching server in
> front of your python app might be just the trick (memcached, squid,etc).
> But don't waste your time if you don't need to.  Define 'too slow' and
> then prove to yourself that your app passes that threshold.  If so, then
> figure out why it's slow and optimize the slow parts.
> Good luck,
> Eric.

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