[mod_python] Why are you using mod_python?

Sterling Hughes sterling at bumblebury.com
Sun Apr 6 18:50:03 EST 2003

On Sun, 2003-04-06 at 18:15, Peter Bowen wrote:
> On Sat, 2003-03-29 at 00:14, Frank S. Fejes III wrote:
> > On a somewhat tangential note, I think mod_python documentation reflects
> > strangely on what target audience might be interested in the module.  Almost
> > all introductions I've seen to mod_python begin with a tutorial on creating
> > a handler.  I'd venture a guess that writing handlers is what fewer than 1%
> > of web developers want to do with an apache module initially.  In my
> > experience, most people want to write some code and have it run faster than
> > it would run under straight CGI...they don't want to write custom handlers.
> I would have to disagree.  We were using PHP 4.x, but it doesn't have
> support for all the hooks that apache offers.  We use the trans, authen,
> authz, and content handlers for our projects.  We don't use the FastCGI
> or publisher handlers at all.

Just a note that php does support all of this.

> Additionally mod_python offered us an opportunity to use python, which
> we find offers faster development with less work and less bugs.  Python
> is a very well designed language.  We were stretching the bounds of PHP
> and perl, while being flexible, is too much of a write-only language.

Very true. :)

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bad judgement. 
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