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Friday, December 19, 2008

Into Pylons I go...

So I've never really considered myself a web developer. Rather, I believe I'm a systems/administration/platforms guy that can slap a text-only HTML page up if I bump into a problem that a command line client can't solve. I build the classic "engineer" web site.

A few weeks back I started a project which requires a lot of heavy web UI work. Hopefully, it's able to pay the bills at some point.

Aside from having to learn CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and enough graphics to get by, I've also had to dive into the world of web frameworks. I looked at what I consider the "big three" up front - Django, TurboGears, and RoR.

Then I found Pylons. More importantly, I found http://www.pylonsbook.com. This has got to be one of the most complete end-to-end web development books I've seen thus far. Sure, it covers templating and routes and whatnot, but it also dives into things such as S3, and non-RDBMS based data models. It seems to answer a lot of edge case questions that other resources have brushed over. A big thanks to Mr. Gardner and the community for putting this one together. I'll be picking up a hard copy.

I think I might be a Pylons guy now.


gaspode said...

Glad the book is enticing! Note that the new website also has the new 0.9.7 docs on it, though they're not nearly as useful for someone newer to web development as I'm sure you'll find the book.

Jeff McNeil said...

Yeah, the book has been wonderful. I've been writing software in some capacity for 10 years now, but I've never done much in the way of web work. It's done a wonderful job explaining all of the intricacies and configurations most resources gloss over.

For example, it doesn't assume I'm a JavaScript whiz when it tries to introduce AJAX et al. If I was, I really wouldn't have a reason to pick up a web dev. book to begin with!