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Hi,

I want to write a small system that is transaction based.

I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
record keeping.

Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on one
machine.

I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...

Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of "data
entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.

Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a limited
range.

And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce new
transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.

And I would like to do the whole thing in python - so my question is this - is
it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list of
what a user is allowed to do - can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine? - it seems
to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me, by sending it data
that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will this
work, or is there a better way?

Or has all this been done already? - and no I don't want a web server and php
and browsers and Java and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
simply and reliably - its just short message accounting type data...

- Hendrik

Aug 2 '06 #1
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H J van Rooyen wrote:
Hi,

I want to write a small system that is transaction based.

I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
record keeping.

Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on one
machine.

I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...

Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of "data
entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.

Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a limited
range.

And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce new
transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.

And I would like to do the whole thing in python - so my question is this - is
it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list of
what a user is allowed to do - can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine? - it seems
to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me, by sending it data
that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will this
work, or is there a better way?

Or has all this been done already? - and no I don't want a web server and php
and browsers and Java and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
simply and reliably - its just short message accounting type data...

- Hendrik
Don't reinvent the wheel. Use a database...

You probably don't want to hear this, but what you just described is a
GUI client front-end with a database backend. The time it takes to
download, install, and learn to use, say, postgres will be similar to
the time you'd spend implementing what you've described above, but with
at least 10 to 100 times the payoff.
As for updating the client on the fly, one strategy would be to keep
the "dynamic" code in it's own module and have the clients reload()
that module when you upload a new version of it to the client machines.

Peace,
~Simon

Aug 2 '06 #2
HJ,

As someone already posted, the backend sounds very much like a
database, so why not use a database: transactions, specific views for
different users, limited access and so on = database!
Give PostgresSQL a try...

As far as presenting a different GUI to users, you can also do it based
on the database. In other words have a common login screen and if the
usertype from the database is returned as 'restricted' draw one
interface, if it is returned as 'full' draw the full interface. Even if
the restricted user will get the full interface up it won' t be
functional because the database would restrict writes to certain
tables/columns.
Remote update of code is also possible, but you'll have to implement
some kind of update server to which you can periodically send Python
files, those files will be installed on the machine by the update
server. You can try playing with Twisted to handle the networking. Or
just write a simple script to send stuff over scp/ssh -- that's what I
would do (start the ssh server, install public keys and then just scp
stuff over to the machines assuming they are online most of the
time...).

The problem will be if something goes wrong in the updated file or with
the update server then the whole system will be down (an off-by-one
error in the GUI db client code and all of the sudden all your users
will be writing bad data to the database... all at the same time). So
you will need to do frequent backups of the database, but you probably
know this already...

Hope this helps,
Nick Vatamaniuc

H J van Rooyen wrote:
Hi,

I want to write a small system that is transaction based.

I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
record keeping.

Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on one
machine.

I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...

Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of "data
entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.

Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a limited
range.

And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce new
transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.

And I would like to do the whole thing in python - so my question is this - is
it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list of
what a user is allowed to do - can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine? - it seems
to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me, by sending it data
that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will this
work, or is there a better way?

Or has all this been done already? - and no I don't want a web server and php
and browsers and Java and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
simply and reliably - its just short message accounting type data...

- Hendrik
Aug 2 '06 #3
H J van Rooyen a écrit :
Hi,

I want to write a small system that is transaction based.

I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
record keeping.

Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on one
machine.

I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...
IOW, you want a SQL DBMS. May I recommand PostgreSQL ?
Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of "data
entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.

Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a limited
range.
Any decent SQL DBMS is able to handle this. It's kind of builtin...
And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce new
transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.
Then you want a web front end.
And I would like to do the whole thing in python
You'll at least need bits of SQL (but SQLAlchemy may hide away most of
it) and HTML (but there are some python packages that knows how to build
HTML from declarative Python code).
- so my question is this - is
it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list of
what a user is allowed to do
In SQL : GRANT/REVOKE
- can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine?
HTTP/HTML.
- it seems
to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me,
Err... I thought you wanted a reasonnably secure system, but I may have
misunderstood.
by sending it data
that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will this
work, or is there a better way?

Or has all this been done already?
Yes, it's called a web frontend for a SQL DBMS. There's no shortage of
Python frameworks to do this kind of things.
- and no I don't want a web server
If you don't want Apache, there are Python-based application servers.
CherryPy comes to mind.
and php
Why PHP ?
and browsers and Java
Why Java ?
and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
simply and reliably
We do write SQL-based web apps all day long, and I can tell you they are
certainly more simple and reliable than whatever eval()-based home-made
solution we could imagine !-)
Aug 2 '06 #4

"Simon Forman" <ro*********@ya hoo.comwrote:

| H J van Rooyen wrote:
| Hi,
| >
| I want to write a small system that is transaction based.
| >
| I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
| record keeping.
| >
| Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
| between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on
one
| machine.
| >
| I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing
record
| keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at
a
| time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
| performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
| completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...
| >
| Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
| transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
| "user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of
"data
| entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.
| >
| Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
| machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a
limited
| range.
| >
| And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce
new
| transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
| machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.
| >
| And I would like to do the whole thing in python - so my question is this -
is
| it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list
of
| what a user is allowed to do - can I somehow send him just the bits he needs
to
| do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine? - it
seems
| to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me, by sending it
data
| that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will
this
| work, or is there a better way?
| >
| Or has all this been done already? - and no I don't want a web server and
php
| and browsers and Java and html or xml... - I want to write something that
works
| simply and reliably - its just short message accounting type data...
| >
| - Hendrik
|
| Don't reinvent the wheel. Use a database...

This believe it or not, is why I asked the question...

|
| You probably don't want to hear this, but what you just described is a
| GUI client front-end with a database backend. The time it takes to
| download, install, and learn to use, say, postgres will be similar to
| the time you'd spend implementing what you've described above, but with
| at least 10 to 100 times the payoff.
|

In a way you are right - having just read postgres vs mySQL wars in another
thread on this group - but on the other hand I am lazy and dont really want to
spend time writing ISAM or hashed random access file methods either - I did my
share of that in the late sixties and early seventies - and I have not yet done
any "research" into the capabilities of the various contenders in this arena...
*ducks*

| As for updating the client on the fly, one strategy would be to keep
| the "dynamic" code in it's own module and have the clients reload()
| that module when you upload a new version of it to the client machines.
|
| Peace,
| ~Simon

This will work - but it is unsatisfying to me - I would have kind of liked to
have the client machine not even have all the code available - having the "bits
that can change" in one module implies some kind of build for every client if
they are to be to different - what I would rather write is the kind of thing
that is implemented in banking transaction terminals - the terminal has only the
code for the transactions that it is authorised to have, and these different
modules along with their parameters can be downloaded into it and activated on
the fly, one at a time...

And how to do that efficiently in python is really the question that I would
like to have answered, if possible...

Thanks for the response, Simon.

- Hendrik

Aug 3 '06 #5

"Nick Vatamaniuc" <va******@gmail .comwrote:
| HJ,
|
| As someone already posted, the backend sounds very much like a
| database, so why not use a database: transactions, specific views for
| different users, limited access and so on = database!
| Give PostgresSQL a try...

*nods* - looks like I am going to have to do this....

| As far as presenting a different GUI to users, you can also do it based
| on the database. In other words have a common login screen and if the
| usertype from the database is returned as 'restricted' draw one
| interface, if it is returned as 'full' draw the full interface. Even if
| the restricted user will get the full interface up it won' t be
| functional because the database would restrict writes to certain
| tables/columns.

This is the guts of my question - if I dont know all the types now, how do I
make the front end so that I can easily update it as time reveals new
requirements - a la banking style terminals - see my reply to Simon please

| Remote update of code is also possible, but you'll have to implement
| some kind of update server to which you can periodically send Python
| files, those files will be installed on the machine by the update
| server. You can try playing with Twisted to handle the networking. Or
| just write a simple script to send stuff over scp/ssh -- that's what I
| would do (start the ssh server, install public keys and then just scp
| stuff over to the machines assuming they are online most of the
| time...).

This kind of addresses getting the stuff on to the server on the site for me - I
would like the front end to be more dynamic...

|
| The problem will be if something goes wrong in the updated file or with
| the update server then the whole system will be down (an off-by-one
| error in the GUI db client code and all of the sudden all your users
| will be writing bad data to the database... all at the same time). So
| you will need to do frequent backups of the database, but you probably
| know this already...
|
| Hope this helps,
| Nick Vatamaniuc

*grin* yes and it scares the s**t out of me - this is why I like the "do one
thing at a time to completion " approach - much easier to recover when things go
wrong...

- Hendrik

Aug 3 '06 #6

"Yu-Xi Lim" <yu**@ece.gatec h.eduwrote:
| Simon Forman wrote:
| >Or has all this been done already? - and no I don't want a web server and
php
| >and browsers and Java and html or xml... - I want to write something that
works
| >simply and reliably - its just short message accounting type data...
| >>
| >- Hendrik
| >
| Don't reinvent the wheel. Use a database...
| >
| You probably don't want to hear this, but what you just described is a
| GUI client front-end with a database backend. The time it takes to
| download, install, and learn to use, say, postgres will be similar to
| the time you'd spend implementing what you've described above, but with
| at least 10 to 100 times the payoff.
| >
| >
| As for updating the client on the fly, one strategy would be to keep
| the "dynamic" code in it's own module and have the clients reload()
| that module when you upload a new version of it to the client machines.
|
| Yes, indeed, using a database with a GUI front end is the best way to
| get "something that works simply and reliably." Writing everything in
| Python isn't always the best solution. Python, however, is very good at
| interfacing with most existing applications and thus makes a great "glue."
|
| Using a proper DB system would give up transactions, multiple users, and
| access control, which you have said you required, and probably more
| features which you hadn't realized you needed but soon will when you
| scale up beyond a toy system (optimized queries, backups, load
| balancing, encrypted connections, etc).

Can I not use the ssl module for encrypting the connections? - Please also
understand that the system is aimed at small to medium companies, in house -
>From my perspective the only valid reason to use a database would be for the
ease of reporting - the files are not large - and the speed of a dict lookup in
python is hard to beat for normal transaction processing...

|
| As for updating the applications, why not just put them on the server
| for each "user"/client to retrieve? There are of course several ways of
| retrieving the centrally stored GUI program, and most likely you're
| thinking Windows file sharing (which would require restarting the client

NO! the last thing on my mind - want a dynamic process similar to banking
terminals - see my response to Simon please

| whenever updates are available). But don't rule out HTTP. Among the

I have been shying away from this - due to mental laziness - but obviously I
have to look at it - thanks

| benefits of web apps are the ability to update the application on the
| fly and deploy it quickly. And no, web apps don't necessarily mean PHP,
| Java or XML. You can easily use plain HTML and Python to create the GUI
| and interface it with the database. AJAX may be th buzzword now, but it
| isn't necessary for everything.

Thanks will *have* to look at html


Aug 3 '06 #7

"Bruno Desthuilliers" <bd************ *****@free.quel quepart.frwrote :
|H J van Rooyen a écrit :
|Hi,
|>
|I want to write a small system that is transaction based.
|>
|I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
|record keeping.
|>
|Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
|between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on
one
|machine.
|>
|I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
|keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
|time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
|performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
|completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...
|
|IOW, you want a SQL DBMS. May I recommand PostgreSQL ?
|

Looks like the way to go - after the argy bargy here in another thread seems
mySQL has no supporters left...

|Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
|transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
|"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of
"data
|entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.
|>
|Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
|machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a
limited
|range.
|
|Any decent SQL DBMS is able to handle this. It's kind of builtin...

Yes - if you do the whole job on the server - the architecture I have mind is
more like a banking terminal scenario - please see my reply to Simon

|
|And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce
new
|transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
|machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.
|
|Then you want a web front end.

This seems to me to assume that the server does all the work

|
|And I would like to do the whole thing in python
|
|You'll at least need bits of SQL (but SQLAlchemy may hide away most of
|it) and HTML (but there are some python packages that knows how to build
|HTML from declarative Python code).
|

that is good news - which packages?

|- so my question is this - is
|it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list
of
|what a user is allowed to do
|
|In SQL : GRANT/REVOKE

again - centric thinking - I really would like to change the bits on the client,
as I explained to Simon

|
|- can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
|do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine?
|
|HTTP/HTML.
|

everybody says this - I am being dragged, kicking and screaming...

|- it seems
|to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me,
|
|Err... I thought you wanted a reasonnably secure system, but I may have
|misunderstood.
|

this is the guts of what I want - if eval is NFG then how do I implement such a
kind of "dynamic linking" of modules on the client?

|by sending it data
|that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will
this
|work, or is there a better way?
|>
|Or has all this been done already?
|
|Yes, it's called a web frontend for a SQL DBMS. There's no shortage of
|Python frameworks to do this kind of things.
|

I kind of wanted to avoid the web based stuff - the application data is so small
and trivial, in a sense.

|- and no I don't want a web server
|
|If you don't want Apache, there are Python-based application servers.
|CherryPy comes to mind.
|
|and php
|
|Why PHP ?
|

seems popular

|and browsers and Java
|
|Why Java ?
|

it addresses what I want - to dynamically and securely download bits of code and
execute them on the remote machine...

|and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
|simply and reliably
|
|We do write SQL-based web apps all day long, and I can tell you they are
|certainly more simple and reliable than whatever eval()-based home-made
|solution we could imagine !-)

Aah! but I would like you to stretch that imagination - to tell me how to do
some of what Java was designed to do, but better and easier, because this is
python we are talking about...

I saw something in another thread here - they were talking about weave - can I
use that if eval is nfg?

If my original post was unclear I am sorry - the point I want answered, if
possible, is how to make the client code effectively updateable on the fly -
because the answer to this will influence the whole design of the rest of the
system...

- Hendrik
Aug 3 '06 #8
H J van Rooyen wrote:
"Bruno Desthuilliers" <bd************ *****@free.quel quepart.frwrote :
|H J van Rooyen a écrit :
|Hi,
|>
|I want to write a small system that is transaction based.
|>
|I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
|record keeping.
|>
|Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
|between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on
one
|machine.
|>
|I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doing record
|keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
|time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
|performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
|completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...
|
|IOW, you want a SQL DBMS. May I recommand PostgreSQL ?
|

Looks like the way to go - after the argy bargy here in another thread seems
mySQL has no supporters left...
Indeed, my choices would now be SQLite for simple things and PostgreSQL
for more serious stuff...
|Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
|transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
|"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of
"data
|entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.
|>
|Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
|machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and others a
limited
|range.
|
|Any decent SQL DBMS is able to handle this. It's kind of builtin...

Yes - if you do the whole job on the server -
the architecture I have mind is
more like a banking terminal scenario - please see my reply to Simon
(...)
Done. And I still think that a CherryPy/PostgreSQL based solution is the
way to go.
|
|And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce
new
|transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
|machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.
|
|Then you want a web front end.

This seems to me to assume that the server does all the work
Not necessarily. Of course most computations are done on the server, but
what you describe here really feels like AJAX IMHO. Have a look at some
Turbogears AJAX addons like Catwalk and ModelDesigner.. .
|
|And I would like to do the whole thing in python
|
|You'll at least need bits of SQL (but SQLAlchemy may hide away most of
|it) and HTML (but there are some python packages that knows how to build
|HTML from declarative Python code).
|

that is good news - which packages?
http://divmod.org/trac/wiki/DivmodNevow
http://divmod.org/trac/wiki/DivmodNevow/Athena
http://starship.python.net/crew/frie...html/main.html
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Coo.../Recipe/366000
http://dustman.net/andy/python/HyperText/
http://pyhtmloo.sourceforge.net/
|- so my question is this - is
|it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list
of
|what a user is allowed to do
|
|In SQL : GRANT/REVOKE

again - centric thinking - I really would like to change the bits on the client,
as I explained to Simon

|
|- can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
|do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine?
|
|HTTP/HTML.
|

everybody says this
Well, there must be a reason...
- I am being dragged, kicking and screaming...

|- it seems
|to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me,
|
|Err... I thought you wanted a reasonnably secure system, but I may have
|misunderstood.
|

this is the guts of what I want - if eval is NFG then how do I implement such a
kind of "dynamic linking" of modules on the client?
You may want to look at stuff like Pyro (Python remote objects).
|by sending it data
|that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will
this
|work, or is there a better way?
|>
|Or has all this been done already?
|
|Yes, it's called a web frontend for a SQL DBMS. There's no shortage of
|Python frameworks to do this kind of things.
|

I kind of wanted to avoid the web based stuff - the application data is so small
and trivial, in a sense.
So why even bother writing your own transaction manager, dynamic client
and protocol when the whole thing already exists - PostgreSQL,
Javascript-enabled browser and HTTP... FWIW, deploying a CherryPy
application is really trivial. I have not tested Divmod/nevow yet, but I
think you should have a look there too.

|- and no I don't want a web server
|
|If you don't want Apache, there are Python-based application servers.
|CherryPy comes to mind.
|
|and php
|
|Why PHP ?
|

seems popular
Yes, but why PHP ? Python is quite good for web apps.
|and browsers and Java
|
|Why Java ?
|

it addresses what I want - to dynamically and securely download bits of code and
execute them on the remote machine...
If you really want security, you have to keep the critical parts on the
server.
|and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
|simply and reliably
|
|We do write SQL-based web apps all day long, and I can tell you they are
|certainly more simple and reliable than whatever eval()-based home-made
|solution we could imagine !-)

Aah! but I would like you to stretch that imagination - to tell me how to do
some of what Java was designed to do,
Initially, Java - it was named Oak by the time - was designed for
embedded programming. It happened to be a failure. Then it was renamed
to Java and "redesigned " (hum) for rich web client (applets). It still
failed there. It also failed for traditional cross-platform GUI
programming (too heavy and too autistic), and finally happened to make
it on the web server side, but even there it's a really heavy-weight
solution with no obvious practical advantage wrt/ more agile solutions
(PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl etc) IMHO.
but better and easier, because this is
python we are talking about...

indeed !-)
I saw something in another thread here - they were talking about weave
???
- can I
use that if eval is nfg?
Can't tell...
If my original post was unclear I am sorry - the point I want answered, if
possible, is how to make the client code effectively updateable on the fly -
because the answer to this will influence the whole design of the rest of the
system...
This is something I have been thinking about... IMHO what you want is
not to "update client code on the fly", but to make the client mostly a
kind of interpreter for what the server sends in. That is, the client
code itself doesn't contain any application logic, it gets it from the
server and execute it. This can certainly be done with Pyro.

Now while this may be an interesting project, I'm not really sure it's
worth the effort when we already have HTTP, HTML and AJAX...

--
bruno desthuilliers
python -c "print '@'.join(['.'.join([w[::-1] for w in p.split('.')]) for
p in 'o****@xiludom. gro'.split('@')])"
Aug 3 '06 #9
HJ,

As far as GUI language/library goes:

Some people suggested HTML, but I think HTML is a very awkward way to
create a good looking dynamic GUI that is _both_ easy to use and fast
and easy to design (which is what you would want probably). Just to
have a nice user editable table for example, you would have to jump
through hoops (using Javascript, DOM, CSS etc), while you could do it
much easier with PyGTK and wxPython, especially if you use a gui
designer like Glade or wxGlade. Even Tkinter beats HTML as far as
building GUIs in Python goes. I believe this might change in the future
with the adaption of SVG but that will take a while... That said, if
your interface can "get by" with just buttons, text boxes, and text
areas HTML will be the best choice.
As far as "updating-on-the-fly" goes:

For the client to get the code on the fly you will have to implement
some sort of a downloader in the first place that when the user logs
in, it downloads the GUI code from the server and runs it. So if you
update the code the day before the next day they will get a different
interface, or if a new user/machine type is created you just have the
new code ready on the server and it will automatically be downloaded
and run, is that right?

Here is then how I see your use case:
1) You would define your business rules in your database, you will have
usernames, user types, access rights, data tables, columns types,
relations, views, etc...
2) Then each user type will have a specific interface GUI code kept on
the server (perhaps as a zipped binary GUI.zip in a database column
called ClientSpecificG UI).
3) The client starts your Application.py which is the same across all
clients. They will enter their username/password. The Application.py
then sends those to the server to log into the DB.
4) After successful login, the Application.py performs a SELECT query
to download the zipped GUI.py file.
5) GUI.py is unzipped and executed to start the GUI. The Application.py
code will pass the DB connection object to the GUI.py, so the GUI can
continue to talk with the database. GUI.py runs and does its magic, in
the meantime Application.py waits for GUI.py to finished and then both
exit.

Is that what you had in mind?

NOTE: This means that the client will need to have all the required
libraries at just the right versions. Imagine that your user decides to
upgrade to Python 3000 because it sounds cooler than plain old Python
2.4 ;) , but then they won't realize that it will break your code and
they might not be able to run your application anymore. So you would
have to know at least roughly how much control over the whole client
machine you will have. Will they all be regular desktops that users
will use day to day and then once in a while launch your application
then close it, or will these all be dedicated terminals like an ATM?
The two are very different. You can assume complete control of all the
OS environment in a dedicated terminal but not in the case of a user
desktop.

Hope this helps,
Nick Vatamaniuc
H J van Rooyen wrote:
"Bruno Desthuilliers" <bd************ *****@free.quel quepart.frwrote :
|H J van Rooyen a écrit :
|Hi,
|>
|I want to write a small system that is transaction based.
|>
|I want to split the GUI front end data entry away from the file handling and
|record keeping.
|>
|Now it seems almost trivially easy using the sockets module to communicate
|between machines on the same LAN, so that I want to do the record keeping on
one
|machine.
|>
|I want to keep the "server" machine as simple as possible - just doingrecord
|keeping on a stimulus response basis - I would prefer it to do one thing at a
|time to completion because this style of operation, though limited in
|performance, keeps a lot of hassles out of life - a transaction has either
|completed, or it has not - recovery scenarios are relatively easy...
|
|IOW, you want a SQL DBMS. May I recommand PostgreSQL ?
|

Looks like the way to go - after the argy bargy here in another thread seems
mySQL has no supporters left...

|Up to this point, I don't have a problem - my toy system can create a dummy
|transaction, and I can echo it from the "server" machine, with more than one
|"user" machine running - so I think it is feasible to have several tens of
"data
|entry terminal" systems running, served by one not very strong machine.
|>
|Now what I would really like to do is to differentiate between the 'User"
|machines, so that some can do a full range of transactions, and othersa
limited
|range.
|
|Any decent SQL DBMS is able to handle this. It's kind of builtin...

Yes - if you do the whole job on the server - the architecture I have mind is
more like a banking terminal scenario - please see my reply to Simon

|
|And I would like to make this flexible, so that it becomes easy to introduce
new
|transactions, without having to run around updating the code in all the user
|machines, with the concomitant version number hassles.
|
|Then you want a web front end.

This seems to me to assume that the server does all the work

|
|And I would like to do the whole thing in python
|
|You'll at least need bits of SQL (but SQLAlchemy may hide away most of
|it) and HTML (but there are some python packages that knows how to build
|HTML from declarative Python code).
|

that is good news - which packages?

|- so my question is this - is
|it possible to do the equivalent of dynamic linking? - i.e. if I keep a list
of
|what a user is allowed to do
|
|In SQL : GRANT/REVOKE

again - centric thinking - I really would like to change the bits on the client,
as I explained to Simon

|
|- can I somehow send him just the bits he needs to
|do the job, without having to change the static code on his machine?
|
|HTTP/HTML.
|

everybody says this - I am being dragged, kicking and screaming...

|- it seems
|to me that the eval() thingy could possibly do this for me,
|
|Err... I thought you wanted a reasonnably secure system, but I may have
|misunderstood.
|

this is the guts of what I want - if eval is NFG then how do I implement such a
kind of "dynamic linking" of modules on the client?

|by sending it data
|that makes it do import statements followed by calls to whatever... - will
this
|work, or is there a better way?
|>
|Or has all this been done already?
|
|Yes, it's called a web frontend for a SQL DBMS. There's no shortage of
|Python frameworks to do this kind of things.
|

I kind of wanted to avoid the web based stuff - the application data is so small
and trivial, in a sense.

|- and no I don't want a web server
|
|If you don't want Apache, there are Python-based application servers.
|CherryPy comes to mind.
|
|and php
|
|Why PHP ?
|

seems popular

|and browsers and Java
|
|Why Java ?
|

it addresses what I want - to dynamically and securely download bits of code and
execute them on the remote machine...

|and html or xml... - I want to write something that works
|simply and reliably
|
|We do write SQL-based web apps all day long, and I can tell you they are
|certainly more simple and reliable than whatever eval()-based home-made
|solution we could imagine !-)

Aah! but I would like you to stretch that imagination - to tell me how todo
some of what Java was designed to do, but better and easier, because thisis
python we are talking about...

I saw something in another thread here - they were talking about weave - can I
use that if eval is nfg?

If my original post was unclear I am sorry - the point I want answered, if
possible, is how to make the client code effectively updateable on the fly -
because the answer to this will influence the whole design of the rest ofthe
system...

- Hendrik
Aug 3 '06 #10

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