Tornado: Quick Web Designing
Post By Sakshi Wagh on 23-February-2015
Originally developed at FriendFeed, Tornado is an asynchronous networking library. It is able to scale up to tens of thousands of open connections with the help of its non-blocking network I/O.
A framework is a collection of programs that uses a control mechanism to structure code to build a bigger system. We can develop simple websites using basic designing languages like HTML, Python, etc. However, considering the complex and dynamic nature of the Web, it is difficult to do this at a low cost and within the short deadlines that sites are typically developed.
Python is one of the most used programming languages. Its environment consists of a lot of Web frameworks. Tornado is one of the best that Python came up with. It is Facebook’s real-time Python web framework. FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook in 2009 and Tornado was open sourced soon after. DJango, Cherrypy and Pylons are some of the other frameworks.
So, why is Tornado preferred? Well, Tornado comes with built-in support and finds solutions for templates, localization, signed cookies, etc.
It offers real time services and supports HTTP streaming, which is a communication protocol implemented by Apple Inc. But, the Tornado’s most attractive feature is high performance. It is around four times higher in speed than all other Python Web frameworks.
Tornado runs on most of the platforms like UNIX, Windows. For better performance, Linux is recommended by most Python community members for effective production deployment. Windows is officially not supported.
It’s a great language with enough clarity, speed and features for you to bring together even a novice team to build a high performance website. Besides, the open source community is always there to help you out.