[mod_python] bye bye mod_python, hello... what?

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Tue Jan 12 08:51:44 EST 2010

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:32 AM, mog <lists at elasticmind.net> wrote:
> So, the time has come. I need to start a new project and also migrate my
> old mod_python stuff to something else :(
> After all the sweat, blood and tears I put into learning about how
> Python web apps work, learning how to use mod_python, and how to put web
> apps together (using mod_python). It's really sad to think that a good
> portion of that effort seems lost because, unfortunately, mod_python is
> deprecated :(
> I looked at a few web frameworks but found they either simply didn't
> work, exhibited weird random unpredictable behaviour that was impossible
> to work with, or seemed to abstract so far away from real HTTP which
> made me feel uncomfortable. I finally settled on mod_python because it
> seemed to be a nice balance of powerful functionality and usefulness -
> oh, and it worked.
> With mod_python I felt as though I was working closely with the HTTP
> requests because I could use the request objects directly and, if I
> wanted (and I did), stick stuff in them to use in sessions. mod_python
> seemed pretty raw, but not so much so that I had to write my own request
> handlers and all the nitty gritty things like that (which, being new to
> web development, was and probably still is beyond my ability to do well
> and securely). I liked it because it also provided lots of in-built
> utilities making it really easy to do session handling, redirection and
> so on.
> I'm trying to avoid using one of the mainstream frameworks because I
> feel they overcomplicate things, bloat things up, and abstract too much
> away from what is really going on. Many of them annoyingly also end up
> requiring a bazillion dependencies to install. Personally I like to use
> small and compact programs that are really good at doing the small
> number of things I need them to, as opposed to installing some giant
> application (and all its dependencies) that can do everything under the
> sun I'll never use.
> With all this in mind. I was hoping someone would please be so kind as
> to recommend things that I could use instead of mod_python as a WSGI
> layer, but that hopefully works in a similar way to mod_python?

How about mod_wsgi?



> Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
> Kind regards,
> mog
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