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Open Source Digest: An Introduction to SkunkWeb: Part 1

Jan 21, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A remarkable number of Python web application servers and web development frameworks have sprung up in the last couple of years 2. This healthy development attests to, among other things, the ease with which it is possible to write a complex application in Python, a language in which reinventing the wheel is sometimes no harder than refitting one. To some extent this may also be interpreted as a reaction against the long-standing behemoth in the Python web application server world, Zope, which, while a remarkable achievement in its own right, requires of developers who would use it an adjustment of mindset that not all developers wish to make; the specialization which makes Zope easy to use for some applications -- the thoroughly realized metaphor of object publishing, acquisition, web interfaces and the built-in system of permissions -- has the effect of making it hard, or at least awkward or idiosyncratic, to use for others. In several cases, it seems that developers felt that it would be simpler to write a custom-made application server that met their needs exactly than force themselves and their projects to fit in the development paradigms championed by a pre-existing framework.

"SkunkWeb is one such Python framework. It was developed principally by Drew Csillag in the Skunk Platform Engineering Group at Starmedia Network in New York in 1998 as an alternative to expensive costly commercial solutions, and went through several development cycles there before a new refactored version, the 3.x series, was publically released under the GPL in August 2001; as the bugs in that series have been pretty thoroughly worked out at the time of this writing, SkunkWeb is mature, featureful, and stable..."

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