[mod_python] [ANNOUNCE] SnakeSkin: Python Application Toolkit

Gabriel Cooper gabriel.cooper at mediapulse.com
Thu Sep 9 17:41:15 EDT 2004

We are proud to announce the release of SnakeSkin, a python application 
toolkit released under an Open Source BSD-Style license, newly available 
at http://snakeskin-tools.sourceforge.net/

In SnakeSkin, developers can customize the framework to the application, 
unlike in traditional frameworks, such as PHP. For example, adding 
custom tags to the templating system is quick and easy. The goal of the 
project is to have a framework that scales down as well as up--a 
"Zope-lite" framework. SnakeSkin can scale down to be useful in a simple 
form-to-email or just to apply a clean-cut design skin. The toolkit can 
just as easily scale up to handle complex content managment systems, B2B 
extranets, and full-fledged e-commerce engines.  We do it all the time.

SnakeSkin, based upon the existing Albatross project maintained by 
Object Craft, runs under several webservers, including CGI based, 
Apache, FastCGI, and its own included webserver (used mainly for 

SnakeSkin has several built in capabilities:

* Dynamic Macro Features (think server-side includes on steroids)
* SQL support in both the application and the template
* Support for Apach 2.0 Filters

... and includes Albatross features ...

* Clean separation of logic and design
* A simple-yet-robust templating system that is Web Designer-friendly 
(Plays nice with Dreamweaver)
* Secure Session Management in hidden fields, server-side data-stores, 
or through a session server

We are ready to consider the current version, 0.9, as a canadiate for 
1.0 release. Anyone that has feedback on the current design and/or finds 
bugs, please send information in though the mailling list ( 
http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/snakeskin-tools-discuss ) or 
file a bug report on sourceforge.net.

Thank You,

The SnakeSkin team.

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