Python Hypertext Preprocessor
PyHP allows use of the Python programming language
in scripts similar to PHP. PyHP uses the Python 2.0 language
to parse elements embedded in an HTML page.
Note to users
When I started this, I was enamoured with PHP. I've since discovered that
embedding code in HTML does not seem like the most logical way to do things.
If someone wants to pick this up, email me.
In the mean time, if you want a truely
novel approach to web design with Python, check out the very cool
Why another one?
I wanted a small, fast, hypertext preprocessor that used the world's greatest
scripting language, Python, as its base. There was another program out
there that did this, PMZ, but I
quickly found what I believed to be shortcomings in it.
- Namespace polution
- My main problem with PMZ is that it does not execute its programs in a
seperate name space. If you define a variable name 'fields' in the global
namespace then PMZ will crap out because there is a variable of that name that
is of vital importance to the interpreter itself. I did not find this to be
acceptable, and Python 2.0's InteractiveInterpreter class made it easy to get
around this in PyHP.
- PyHP was designed for use with Apache's mod_python. It will run just fine as
a standalone program, but it has been designed to be accelerated under
mod_python by automatically caching modules that have been imported and
supporting the manual caching of variables as well
- Header specification
- PMZ has a fixed set of headers that cannot be modified by a PMZ script.
PyHP allows script writers to specify what headers are attached to
their documents, even to do so in the middle of the HTML file.
version. Be warned that PyHP is still very much beta.
- November 6, 2000 -- Initial Release
- November 10, 2000 -- Release 0.91, changed include(file) to use file
object instead of file name
- November 10, 2000 -- Release 0.92, fixed bug caused by above and tested
before releasing (Doh!)
You will also need to go download mod_python if you wish to run the
View the manual online.