After tearing my hair out last night trying to install TurboGears or Zope I had to give up. The reason? They both use egg based distribution systems and I could not, for the life of me, get setuptools to install properly root or no root, zypper or source install (on openSuSE).
I had decided to give up on looking into Python web frameworks, when I stumbled upon a mention of web2py. It had a link to a comparison document – hmmm, that looks interesting, I’ll download that. Oh, I see, hmmmm…. It also had a list of example apps to have a look through and actually see working. By example 31 I was sold. It wasn’t the normal obtuse surely-you-already-know-what-this-application-does partial information – which is a particular failing of open source projects in general I find.
The icing on the cake was that it really, truly, can be downloaded, installed and with a test instance up and running in under 5 minutes (probably under 3, I didn’t actually time it).
I am so grateful that they have made it so easy for me to get up and running.