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Python Web Programming is a practical introduction to building networked systems in the object-oriented framework of the Python language. It shows how to leverage the powerful Python libraries to build systems with less programming effort and easier maintenance. This book is primarily intended for experienced programmers who have used other languages (such as Perl, C or C++). It provides a high-level introduction to the language. Experience in building web-based systems is t required. Two chapters provide a concise introduction to the Python language, and there is extensive material on using the socket network API and the Python database API, as well as the many standard library modules. This practical material is underpinned by chapters which explain the techlogies used. The book concludes by presenting a pure-Python web framework that can be used as the basis of the reader's own web applications. All code developed in the book will be available through the New Riders web site, allowing readers to use code from the book in their own projects.
Steve Holden is a consultant, advising on system and network architectures and the design and implementation of programmed web systems for commercial clients. His client base includes GlobalPhone, an international telecommunications company, and the Prometric division of Thomson Learning. He was the technical lead on the major redesign of the National Science Foundation's web site in 1997. Steve also teaches classes on TCP/IP, UNIX security, web security, intranet technologies, and database topics for Learning Tree International. Steve has spent time on both sides of the academic divide and was an early researcher into the integration of text, graphics, and databases while teaching commercial computing topics at Manchester University. This research led Steve to form Desktop Connection Limited, the first UK reseller of Frame Technology's (now Adobe's) FrameMaker software. His customers included British Telecom, British Aerospace, British Gas, and Sun Microsystems. Steve was born and raised in the UK, and has traveled throughout Europe and the USA on teaching assignments. He now lives with his wife, Dorothy, in Fairfax, Virginia, where when not consulting, teaching, or writing, he enjoys looking for worthwhile American beers, entertaining friends and family, and reading science fiction.