[Tutor] How to get smooth, terminal-like interaction over the web

bob gailer bgailer at gmail.com
Wed Nov 26 12:48:52 CET 2008

tchomby wrote:
> I have an idea for a python program I want to write. I want to make this 
> program accessible over the web for people to play with. And that's where I'm 
> stuck -- I don't know what module, framework, protocol, or whatever to use to 
> webify it.
> It's a simple text-based program, the interaction would work perfectly in a 
> terminal with the computer printing out lines of text to the user, and the user 
> typing in lines of text and pressing return, and this is the kind of 
> interaction I want to enable on a web page.
> Can anyone point me in the direction I should be looking, if I want to 
> implement this kind of interaction over the net using python? I'm aware of CGI 
> and HTML forms and the python modules for it, but I think that would require 
> the entire page to be reloaded every time there's an input or output. So am I 
> looking at ajax, javascript, etc.? I'm a little bit lost, not knowing what's 
> available out there.

See http://code.google.com/p/pythoninthebrowser/.

> I'm looking for simplicity and ease of use for a python programmer.
Bob Gailer
Chapel Hill NC 

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