Event-Driven Programming with Twisted and Python
You can download for tinkering all 606 lines of the proxy server discussed in this article. Although I wouldn't put the company intranet behind it, I've been using it for a week now to filter out unwanted cookies and images and even to block access to a certain vendor from my desktop. When I started using Twisted, it was easy to wrap my head around the concept of asynchronous programming, a little harder to figure out how to map events to the flow I wanted and harder still to explain it to someone else. Do not be discouraged, however. Although we at Zoto started with almost no Twisted knowledge, we've built a fully functional and extremely scalable clustered application to store and manage on-line photos in less than a year, with only one person (me) working full-time on the server.
Of course, Twisted is not for everyone. Its vastness, although powerful, can be intimidating. For a simple asynchronous chat server in Python, take a look at Medusa. Like Twisted, Medusa organizes asynchronous programming into Factories (called Dispatchers) and chatting classes.
Resources for this article: www.linuxjournal.com/article/7963.
Ken Kinder is currently developing a clustered Twisted server for Zoto in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He enjoys hiking, skiing, photography and (of course) Linux. His hometown is Boulder, Colorado.
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