Python web programming (was Re: [ale] C#)

Benjamin Scherrey scherrey at
Tue Feb 10 21:58:36 EST 2004

Wow - talk about bringing a thread back from the dead! Anyway, I can't knock java completely but 
I find that I get a lot more work done with far less effort using python. I can easily get an entire 
database/webserver driven system running on any platform in a pure python environment. Don't 
need any external application or service. PHP is never going to break out of its scripted 
environment. That is what it was architected for and what it does best. Trying to do more with it is a 
mistake in the long term. Anyway - those are my experiences.

  -- Ben Scherrey

2/10/2004 8:44:31 PM, John Wells <jb at> wrote:

>On Wed, 2002-09-25 at 15:43, cfowler wrote:
>> On Wed, 2002-09-25 at 15:19, Benjamin Scherrey wrote:
>> > Do it in python. You get an even easier language to use than java, all 
>> > the platform independence (and perhaps more), and can always plug in 
>> > some C/C++ stuff in the backend if performance becomes an issue. I'm 
>> > doing all my web development in python now using mod_python and 
>> > quixote. Database connectivity is great as well which is better than 
>> > I can say for java or C# (although I'll be interested when a good 
>> > implementation of jdo comes out).
>Really?  Strange...I think jdbc provides particularly good database
>How's your experience with python and web programming?  I'm sort of
>mapping out our shop's "standard" webdev language...leaning towards PHP
>when 5 makes it out of beta.  Still, I'm a python fan, but have never
>really done much web programming with it. Always seems like there were
>20 different projects going in 20 different directions, and it was very
>hard to determine which would garner more support in the long term and
>become the sort of "standard".  I'm fine with using lesser known
>projects personally, but when making a decision for the enterprise, I'd
>like to be very careful in this regard to choose something with
>While I think PHP5 will be a strong contender due to the arrival of a
>rather full set of OO features, if I were a betting man, I'd say there's
>a strong possibility will ultimately end up a Java shop.  I've been very
>impressed by two things from the Java community: a. the quality of
>software being produced by a number of different projects/groups,
>particularly those out of the Jakarta project, and b. the high level of
>community support and participation.
>Anyway, interested to hear your comments/experiences.  Thanks!
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