Case in point: on a *whim* I decided to migrate a site I built last year in z3 to nevow. I had a spare hour, so what the hell. It took me *minutes*. And I don't mean 6487 minutes -- I mean 30 minutes. Here's what I did:
- Copied HTML output from the other site and used as the basis for an XHTML template
- Copied CSS and images from the other site
- Wrote a backend data store that uses RFC 2822 (python's email package)
- Wrote a ui.UI class, subclassing nevow.rend.Page (including children, data calls, etc)
- Added data and render calls in the XHTML template
- Wrote a .tac file
- Populated 5 RFC 2822-compliant files with data and headers for the content
- Started up the server and watched the new site scream
Let me emphasize a crucial point here: *none* of that was stubbed. No helper-scripts. No installers. There was pre-existsing HTML, CSS and images, and that's it. I did some dicking around and tweaking in the process, so I'm *sure* I could do the whole thing -- from start to finish -- in less than 20 minutes. Probably 15.
I don't understand why more developers aren't using Nevow. It just kicks ass. Yeah, every platform has its issues, and Nevow's no exception. But DAMN. I get record-setting development times with it, it runs fast, and it's insanely flexible.