I’m not sure if I blacked out again and missed a couple of days there or if I’m just not paying attention but David Hansson, of all people, pointed me to Django today and I have to say I was impressed when I got there. Django is a web framework in Python that looks to have a lot of the same traits as Rails (is it okay to say that out loud?). That is, full stack, DRY, documentation, etc. — I’m sure we’re all familiar with the ingredients at this point.
Further, it seems to have the support of Simon Willison, who is not only British but also an extremely smart and pragmatic guy whose opinion I respect a great deal (so much so that I recently invited him to post here anytime he wanted). If I remember correctly, Simon did a stint over in Lawrence, KS a few years back and whatdoyaknow, this framework fuels lawrence.com as well as chicagocrime.org, which is one of the more interesting twists on social/awareness software I’ve seen. I’m not sure if Simon had a hand in all this but I do remember him speaking highly of his colleagues in Lawrence.
I haven’t had a chance to pull anything down and take a look just yet but it’s the first thing on my list. Also, it looks like they haven’t quite launched yet so go easy on them.