[Tutor] Python social network / cms components?
steve at pearwood.info
Sat Sep 11 04:19:12 CEST 2010
On Fri, 10 Sep 2010 05:34:49 am Igor Choromanski wrote:
> After much research, I've come up with a list of what I think might
> be the best way of putting together a Python based social
> network/cms, but have some questions about how some of these
> components fit together.
This does not sound like a question for the tutor list. All I can
suggest is that if you're considering building a major project like a
CMS or social network while still learning the language, you're looking
at a world of pain! You should consider at least doing a tutorial or
If you're already experienced with the language, enough that the basic
concepts and syntax of Python programming no longer confuse you, then a
CMS is still an ambitious project, but it's entirely doable with time
and effort. However you should take this question to the main python
list, at python-list at python.org or its Usenet mirror, comp.lang.python.
To answer some of your specific questions:
> 1. Google App Engine -- this is an attempt to cut to the chase as
> many pieces of the puzzle seem to be in place.
> Question: Am I limiting my options with this choice?
Of course you are. *Every* choice limits your options. If you decide to
build a web-app, that means you're not building a peer-to-peer desktop
app. If you decide to simulate a desktop GUI in the browser, that means
losing the ability to support people who want a fast, efficient,
> 2. Python -- I considered 'drupal' at first, but in the end decided
> that being dependent on modules that may or
> may not exist tomorrow
What makes you think that drupal is more likely to disappear than
> + limitations of its templating system are a
> no-no. Learning its API, too, would be useless elsewhere
> whereas Python seems like a swiss army knife of languages -- good for
> almost anything.
> Question: v.2.5.2 is required by GAE, but python.org recommends
> 2.5.5. Which do I install?
2.5 is not supported except *possibly* for security fixes, and probably
not even those. Even 2.6 is now only "bug fixes only". For a major
project, I wouldn't consider anything below 2.6, and possibly even
2.7 -- by the time you're ready to release your first alpha version,
2.7 should have received a couple of point releases and be well-tested
There are many other templating engines for Python-based web apps, such
as CherryPy or Zope, and many more. Before building a huge project,
you're probably better off at least trying to build a "Hello World" app
with them so you're not *entirely* flying blind.
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