[Twisted-web] A few questions need answering

David Reid dreid at dreid.org
Tue Apr 20 15:52:26 MDT 2004

My personal ideas:

1) Don't touch twisted.web, just leave it there, it's a perfectly fine
useable webserver, don't add deprecation warnings until the new
twisted.web is considered stable.

2) Backport some of the nicer parts of the Nevow API (locateChild and
child_XXX methods as opposed to getChild, getDefaultChild,
getChildWithDefault, etc.)  Wether or not the old api will still be
there I haven't really thought about, I'm really not as concerned with
backwards compatibility as others are, but if it's the consensus of the
people working on the split that backwards compatibility is in issue
it'll be maintained.  Atleast for a few versions

The way I see it is the backporting is part of the stabilizing the
current Nevow API.

3) I don't know when all this will be happening, I'm working on
backports as we speak but nothing has been done to formalize the effort,
no repositories set up no web pages, etc ...

I'm not even sure how I came to be the guy-who-is-doing-this I'm not a
twisted developer, I'm not a Nevow developer, I'm just a very frustrated
programmer who tried to generate discussion, and somehow started
actually working on it.

On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 11:12, Christopher Armstrong wrote:
> Alex Levy wrote:
> > I'm going to back up Richard and Ed, because I feel like people might be
> > inclined to just pass their emails by. This is very important.
> > 
> > Here we have two users who are expressing serious reservations about
> > using Twisted or Nevow because they don't have any details on how we
> > plan to split twisted.web. I can understand their concern: nobody likes
> > being in the dark.
> One point I'd like to make is that Nevow has, since its inception, been 
> pretty API-unstable. *twisted.web* has been stable for a while, and 
> there's no reason not to use it. Nevow is obviously still something you 
> need to watch closely if you want to use.
> I promise there will be backwards compatibility for twisted.web. I'll 
> explain more below...
> > 1) What will happen to twisted.web? It's a complex module, and doing
> > reverse-imports (the way LowDown is doing with twisted.news) might get
> > pretty rocky. Do we have any guarantees that, for the foreseeable
> > future, the existing twisted.web will not change, and people can
> > continue to develop applications using twisted.web?
> 'from twisted import web' *will remain backwards compatible*. I'll 
> personally see to that. :-)
> > 2) When everything's finished, how drastically different will the APIs
> > be? Are we talking about a simple "move code over, clean up a few loose
> > ends," or is this going to be a massive reorganization and refactoring
> > of everything web-related?
> That's a question that foom and nevow-twisted.web-forkers can answer. 
> nevow changed a bunch of core twisted.web stuff, and foom is rewriting 
> the HTTP support.
> > 
> > And, most importantly...
> > 
> > 3) What sort of timeframe are we looking at?
> Ha! I mock your assumptions that someone actually has any idea. ;-)
> > Really, I think everyone is most interested in the last question. How
> > long will the split take? If it's going to happen gradually over several
> > months, what should people who are considering using twisted.web or
> > Nevow do? If it's going to happen in the next two weeks... well, then,
> > it's about time someone stood up and said so!
> twisted.web split is going to be tricky, since people are rewriting it 
> at the same time. It will probably be a short while before the split 
> actually occurs, and we're probably going to have to put a bunch of BC 
> code in twisted/web/.
> But like I said, people shouldn't worry about using *twisted.web*. It 
> will remain backwards compatible. I can't say anything about the 
> backwards compatibility of all the slightly different APIs in nevow; 
> that's not my concern.
> > Wiki: <http://divmod.org/users/wiki.twistd/nevow/moin.cgi>

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