Better Web Application Framework

For a web application that I am developing as part of a research project I have decided on using [Python]( for the business logic. The reasons being that the application will use fixed-point binary arithmetic, units, and data output as line-graphs. Python seems to have the libraries that I’ll need for this and is better suited for rapid development than Java.

Part of the requirements that I have been researching this last week have been concerned with the identification of a suitable web application framework for Python. I started out this week assuming that this would be [Django]( and even bought the [book](! However, because this is research, I have the luxury of time so I’ve done some additional research and decided that the alternative frameworks [TurboGears]( and [Pylons]( were also worth a look. Searching Google for getting started screencasts and videos I discovered a [wonderful video]( of a web application framework comparison presentation by Sean Kelly. In this presentation, Sean uses J2EE (Servlets and JSPs), Rails, DJango, TurboGears, Zope/Plone and even Enterprise Java Beans (JBoss) to develop a simple time-tracker application and reports his experiences. Rails, Django and TurboGears come out (roughly in that order), but the big surprise is that [Zope]( comes out top! So, maybe I need to rethink!

I’ve embedded the video here as it’s not only a useful and timely comparison of web application frameworks, it’s also an example of just how useful and inspirational a simple presentation can be!

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