Rapid Web Applications with TurboGears

Using Python to Create Ajax-Powered Sites

Mark Ramm, Kevin Dangoor, Gigi Sayfan

Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2007, 472 pages

ISBN: 0-13-243388-5

Keywords: Python, Web Programming, Content Management

Last modified: Nov. 9, 2008, 11:38 a.m.

Using Python to Create Ajax-Powered Sites

TurboGears harnesses the power of Python to provide a dynamic and easy-to-use Web development framework: one that dramatically increases developer productivity, and makes it far easier to create dynamic, user-friendly, Ajax-enabled Web applications. Now, for the first time, there’s a definitive guide to TurboGears — coauthored by its creator, Kevin Dangoor.

This book will help experienced Web developers get productive with TurboGears — fast. You’ll quickly build your first TurboGears Web application — then extend it one step at a time, mastering the underlying libraries that make these enhancements possible. Next, the authors demonstrate TurboGears at work in a real-world application, by examining the code for “What Status”, an open source project status tracking application. Finally, you’ll gain deep insight into the model, view, and controller technologies TurboGears is built upon: knowledge that will help you build far more robust and capable Python applications.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding the architecture of a TurboGears application
  • Mastering SQLObject, customizing it, and using it with TurboGears models
  • Utilizing TurboGears view technologies, including dynamic templates and MochiKit for Ajax
  • Bringing CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript together in reusable components with TurboGears Widgets
  • Using CherryPy and TurboGears controller technologies: from decorators to deployment
  • Exploring the TurboGears toolbox
  • Ensuring security and managing user access permissions in TurboGears applications
  • Part I. TurboGears Fundamentals
    • Chapter 1. Introduction to TurboGears
    • Chapter 2. Getting Started with TurboGears
    • Chapter 3. The Architecture of a TurboGears Application
  • Part II. Building a Simple TurboGears Application
    • Chapter 4. Creating a Simple Application
    • Chapter 5. Enhancing Our Bookmark Application
  • Part III. Exploring a Real World TurboGears Application
    • Chapter 6. Exploring More Complex Models in WhatWhat Status
    • Chapter 7. Controllers, Views, and JavaScript in the WhatWhat Status
    • Chapter 8. RSS, Cookies, and Dynamic Views in WhatWhat Status
    • Chapter 9. Ajax and WhatWhat Status Projects
  • Part IV. SQLObject and TurboGears Models
    • Chapter 10. SQLObject Basics
    • Chapter 11. Mastering SQLObject
    • Chapter 12. Customizing SQLObject Behavior
  • Part V. TurboGears View Technologies
    • Chapter 13. Dynamic Templates with Kid
    • Chapter 14. Creating Better JavaScript with MochiKit
    • Chapter 15. Effective Ajax with MochiKit
    • Chapter 16. TurboGears Widgets: Bringing CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript Together in Reusable Components
  • Part VI. CherryPy and TurboGears Controller Technologies
    • Chapter 17. CherryPy and TurboGears Decorators
    • Chapter 18. TurboGears Deployment
  • Part VII. TurboGears Extras
    • Chapter 19. The TurboGears Toolbox and Other Tools
    • Chapter 20. Internationalization
    • Chapter 21. Testing a TurboGears Application
    • Chapter 22. TurboGears Identity and Security
  • Part VIII. Appendix
    • Appendix: SQLAlchemy


Rapid Web Applications with TurboGears

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: June 12, 2008, 11:35 p.m.

Wonderful book, that was outdated nearly as soon as it was published.

TurboGears is a nice framework, but unfortunately, also a framework in rapid change. The book is well-written, but most of the examples can't be used as presented.

Anyway, they produced a good book, that I hope will be updated in a few years, when the framework is more stable.


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