Wednesday, January 20, 2010


At this month's PyGTA meeting Mike Fletcher gave short talk on Tornado, a non-blocking web server. Tornado was recently open sourced by, a social network site.

Mike wrote a simple comment and voting system for talks using Tornado. In the process, he discovered that, while Tornado is OK, he really could not recommend it over Twisted, the traditional Python asynchronous framework. There's nothing seriously wrong with Tornado, but Mike found he was writing a lot of functionality that is already included in Twisted.

As with any software tool, whether Tornado is the right choice for a particular application, must be decided on a case by case basis.

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