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Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Review of Introduction to Tornado

Originally submitted at O'Reilly
Introduction to Tornado
Modern Web Applications with Python

Overcome your Fear to Try Tornado
By Eder Andrés Ávila Niño from Paipa, Colombia on 5/3/2012

4out of 5
Pros: Concise, Easy to understand, Helpful examples
Best Uses: Student, Novice
Describe Yourself: Developer
Introduction to Tornado is a rapid book for starting to get in touch with Tornado, an open source framework led by Facebook, Inc., for developing asynchronous web services in Python, covering topics like request handlers, forms, templates, MongoDB, initial authentication, OAuth, and Nginx.

With Introduction to Tornado you can learn and practice the fundamentals of the capabilities given by the Tornado framework to build web services that support hundreds of asynchronous requests, user authentication via cookies and OAuth, MongoDB document storage and retrieval, and deployment in an Nginx server environment. That is, some of the top leading technologies today to provide to end consumers fast, scalable, secure web applications that follow the RESTful architecture.

Without doubt, this book will help you overcome your fear to try this Python framework for starting to develop web applications, web services and web APIs that want to benefit of thousands of asynchronous accesses. And maybe, Tornado could be the technology you're looking for begin your startup business offering to your customers the same service quality provided by services like Twitter and Facebook.

The reader should be warned about his/her expectations, however. As I said, this book is helpful for overcoming the fear to try the Tornado web server, but not to master it. In fact, as you can see Introduction to Tornado is a short book of 136 pages divided in 8 chapters that cover the foundation of each Tornado's feature ranging from small web services and ending with the final deployment. So, after reading this book you won't be a Tornado's master chief, but a Tornado's recruit, I mean enthusiast. Besides, you need to read more about RESTful architecture, user authentication, and Nginx developing by your own.

But, I recommend Introduction to Tornado because each Tornado's feature is explained through a short, comprehensive application accompanied by a clear discussion which motivates the reader chapter by chapter and after finishing the book to continue exploring the different development possibilities by using Tornado as an asynchronous web server.

Personally, I'm delighted with this book because it has explains a little more the rationale about some features like classes, callbacks and settings that other tutorials I found on-line. I hope in the future we can get more complements to the book's contents and more extras from the authors.

Note: This review is in exchange for the O'Reilly Bloggers Review Program (

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