[Tutor] mod_python, mod_wsgi, web.py, django! What to use?

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Mon Sep 29 11:55:32 CEST 2008

"Alec Henriksen" <alecwh at gmail.com> wrote

> So, lets say I want to develop a distributable web application (such 
> as
> phpBB or Drupal) for Python. What platform (mod_wsgi, mod_python) 
> would
> I use to reach as many users as possible, and on top of that, which 
> (if
> any) framework should I use to develop this web application?

The biggest limitation by far on Python web development is lack
of Python support on the web servers. You need to find a provider that
either gives you an account on a server with which you can install any
frameworks you desire, or, find a provider which supports your 

Even basic CGI with Python is a problem on most web hosting sites
because although PHP and Perl will usually exist(and often Java too)
it is much less common to find Python. And if you do it may be very 
often v2.2 or even older!

> What is currently lacking in Python's web application selection?

Very little is lacking on the Python side - see a recent thread here - 
support on commercial web hosts is patchy. You need to check exactly
what is available from your host before signing up.


Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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