Compare Falcon and TurboGears
Falcon is a minimalist WSGI library for building web APIs, app backends and microservices. Compared to Django and Flask, it is fast, extensible, reliable, and encourages RESTful style. It doesn't come with batteries included and is ideal for applications that require a high level of customization. The fminimalist design allows developers to select the best strategies and 3rd-party packages from the Python ecosystem.
TurboGears was born as a full stack layer on top of Pylons, and many other disparate libraries and middleware. It is now a standalone WSGI web framework designed around MVC architecture inspired by Ruby on Rails and provides all the features developes need for web development. It can also run in minimal mode and act like a microframework such as Flask.
Let's see how Falcon and TurboGears compare on various factors and features and which to choose when.
The minimalist REST and app backend framework for Python with a focus on reliability, correctness, and performance at scale.
A full-stack web application framework for Python.
LinkedIn, Leadpages, Wargaming, and Rackspace.
100 job openings which list Falcon as a requirement.
3 job openings which list TurboGears in the job description.
Very fast, even when compared to microframeworks like Flask. See the benchmarks
. *Caution* - The benchmarks are from the vendor itself.
Not as performant
as barebones or even fullstack frameworks. Extensions could impact performance adversely.
Very flexible. Ideal for applications that require a high degree of customization and performance tuning.
Developers can use TurboGears as a microframework which is very flexible. However, as you start building towards a fullstack solution, it does expect things to be done in a certain way.
Ease of Learning
Has a slight learning curve but there are some great online resources, courses tutorials and YouTube videos.
Ease of Learning
Has a learning but since it uses a lot of exisitng 3rd party libraries it becomes are little easier to onboard. It also has a decent amount of tutorials online.
Doesn't ship with one but developers can use the database library of their choice such as SQLAlchemy.
Doesn't come with built-in libraries but makes it easy for developers to use library of their choice such as MongoEngine to interact with MongoDB.
Supports MongoDB out of the box using Ming ORM
. Ming ORM was developed to look like SQLAlchemy so it's easier for developers familiar with SQLAlchemy to start using it.
Through Plugins or Extensions
Does not ship with a web-based admin.
Built-in admin panel.
Encourages the REST architectural style by design. Resource classes implement HTTP method handlers that resolve requests and perform state transitions.
No built-in protection but minimal attack surface for writing secure APIs
Little built-in protection. Must be handled by developers themselves or by using 3rd party extensions.
Doesn't ship with one but developers can use Jinja2 or Mako.
Ships with internally developed Kajiki templating engine, but supports multiple templating engine including Genshi
TurboGears relies on ToscaWidgets2
for building and validating forms.
Not built-in but can be easily extended using authentication middlewares like falcon-auth2
Ships with repoze.who which is an authentication and identity framework for WSGI applications. Read more here
Support using unittest and pytest. Read more here
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