[mod_python] Best place to start learning both mod_python andPython

Mike Verdone mike_verdone at shaw.ca
Sun Oct 26 14:07:57 EST 2003


For learning Python, your best bet is to start with the tutorials at 


You will probably already know the concepts explained in the tutorial, but 
it's a good way to learn Python's syntax. The documentation on python.org 
also includes the library reference, which is good to have. Another good way 
to get help on the libraries is from the Python interpreter. If you run the 
python interpreter and type help(), you will be in the help menu. Then, type 
a module name and you will get documentation on that module.

Documentation on mod_python is available at www.modpython.org. Read the FAQ 
and the Docs.

There are a few ways to interface Python and Apache, but mod_python is the 
best. (In my opinion as a member of the mod_python mailing list ;-) ). 
Another way to do it is by using regular CGI, where each .py file is 
basically a script that is run externally by Apache. This has much lower 
performance, and doesn't make it easier to develop, so I'd stay away. There 
was also a module named mod_snake that supposedly had better performance than 
mod_python, but I don't think it's supported anymore. Finally, there's Zope, 
which is an enterprise server based on Python. Haven't really used it, but 
it's supposed to be good. www.zope.org.

Hope that helps!


On October 26, 2003 12:30, Robert Lilly wrote:
> I've been using mod_python to enable applications written by others to work
> under Apache. I've decided to expand my programming skills and it looks
> like Python is the best language to start with. I currently only know how
> to program with Visual Basic 6, and VBA. My specialty has been custom
> financial applications using MS Excel and VBA.
> So, to someone who is new to both to mod_python and to the Python
> programming language, and whose only background is Visual Basic, what are
> your recommendations on how and where to get started. I am primarily
> interested in developing web applications at the moment, which is why I've
> included mod_python in my learning agenda.
> Also, is using mod_python the only way to use Python under Apache? If not,
> although this is a mod_python list, I would appreciate knowing what the
> various options are.
> Thanks!
> Robert Lilly
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