[kforge-dev] turbogears framework for web RAD
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Oct 6 13:27:23 UTC 2005
Have now checked out turbogears (http://www.turbogears.com). This is
another python web RAD released in mid-sept but not yet 1.0 (what is it
right now: new full-stack python web frameworks seem to arrive every 2
mins). Turbogears attempts to glue together existing python projects
rather than provide the full stack itself. It uses:
* Kid is a designer- and programmer-friendly template system
* CherryPy makes doing web input/output as easy as writing a Python
* SQLObject lets you access your database as you would normal
Python classes, without obscuring the database itself.
You can read a fairly basic evaluation at:
One question this raises is: should we switch from django to turbogears
(or at least investigate this)?
Currently we have invested in using django
(http://www.djangoproject.com) but so far not that heavily -- ie. it has
been used for templating and some of the form validation but nothing
much else (John: correct if i am wrong here).
turbogears main advantage over django seem to be:
1. It uses existing components rather than creating its own (e.g.
2. Associated with this is that the stack is broken up and we can use
different pieces that we want. Given that we have a pretty hefty domain
model that we want to keep but be able to wrap a web-framework round
this is useful.
However we'll need to do some proper investigation on this before
jumping either way (first thing is coding up a small turbogears app to
see what happens).
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