Python, Web Applications

Juno, a micro web framework for Python

I love microframeworks and I love Python to it therefore follows that I love the minimal web frameworks you can get for Python like CherryPy. However as soon as I heard about Juno, a clone of my favourite microframework Sinatra I had to give it a go.

For me the archetypal application for Sinatra is Git-Wiki and therefore to kick the tires on Juno I decided to try and do the same thing with Bazaar. Hence:  Bzr-Wiki on Juno!

You need Juno, Jinja2 and SQLAlchemy as well the source from Launchpad. Once you have it all then got to the repo directory and type bzr init. You should then be good to fire up wiki.py and muck around with it.

It is slightly ugly and lacks access to revision history, diffs and user tracking but apart from that it is a surprisingly functional wiki. It is also bi-directional in that you can add files to the Bazaar repo and they get reflected in the app.

So what was Juno like to work with? Well overall I thought this was the best Python microframework I have used so far. I really like the idea of decorating methods to avoid having to generate a mapping table. The syntax is terse and comprehensible, the conventions around the framework made sense to me.

By comparison with its progenitor I think I really missed the autoloading/dynamic evaluation that allows you to change code in Sinatra and have it immediately take effect. The function of the Request decorator was initially quite obscure (it binds all HTTP verbs to that method, if you want to map GET to another method you must specify all verbs independently) and I am still not sure it is right. I think the most specific decorator should take precedence. Other than that I think the framework ports a lot of the concepts from Sinatra in a sympathetic way.

The dependency on SQL Alchemy is also really clunky. If you specify that you are not using a database (as is the case here) then it is annoying to have to download a dependency and makes installation on Windows a pain I didn’t even want to try and tackle.

Juno is really promising though and I look forward to it developing. I think it would be a real delight to use it in an environment like Google App Engine.

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2 thoughts on “Juno, a micro web framework for Python

  1. Jochen says:

    Seems like Juno is dead since 2009… No more activity on the mailing list and the github repos seems to be abandoned too.

  2. Yes I think it’s dead too. However I do use Bottle now for much the same work and indeed all my GAE work, as I hoped two or so years ago. I’ll try and write up a new post about it soon.

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